Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tuning Into FM

Do you have a dollar note and want to know its value? Leave a comment

Hundreds of dollar bills pass through my hands every year and unless they are very old or obviously different I give them a quick glance and then move on. The reason is because I am more of a coin collector not currency.

Then one day one commenter asked about the 2003-A serial number F-M series. I was confused and looked up the info i my books and low and behold they are special. Here is a great table from the wonderful site uspapermoney.info. The guy has made tracking paper an art or a chart to be more exact.

Begin serial      End serial     Type      Length      Runs
 
F 000 00001 M  -  F 064 00000 M    fw      6,400,000       1
F 064 00001 M  -  F 768 00000 M    dc     70,400,000    2-12
F 768 00001 M  -  F 896 00000 M    fw     12,800,000   13-14
F 896 00001 M  -  F 960 00000 M    dc      6,400,000      15

So what does that mean?
It means the dollar for series 2003-A for the F-M block had switched printings from Fort Worth, Texas to Washington D.C. several times.

Switching between the different government printing and engraving facilities is not uncommon but as you see in the lengths 6,400,000 notes is a very small number for a regular series. It is just one run before switching.


 

I may have passed on dozens of these but until someone pointed them out I did not notice. Most times notes get used immediately. With coins I can hold them in a jar for months before using them, giving me enough time to search and fine pick any little variety.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Dollar / United States
Year: 2003A
Date Printed: October 2006
Printings: 6,400,000
Run: 15th from F89600001M - F96000000M
Value: $10.00 in CH-CU(choice-crisp-uncirculated)

Normally a CH-CU dollar is at most $2.00, so the one pictured above is five times the norm.

Do you have a dollar bill and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

35 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

James said...

I have a 50$ bill serial # C00550923* series 1950 B, treasurer Ivy Baker Priest, Secreatary Robert B Anderson. cut off center. more room on left and top of the bill, circulated condition. on the back lower right corner 168 front lower right corner O 26. is there any value above the 50$ printed on it? and any other info you could provide would be nice too Thanks

Man said...

50$ bill serial # C00550923* series 1950 B, treasurer Ivy Baker Priest, Secreatary Robert B Anderson. cut off center. more room on left and top of the bill, circulated condition.

About $75.00 the Off-Center is not enough to add value and might even lower the value.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1950's $10 bill with a B on it. serial #B06194921A back #1184. is this worth any more than face value?

Man said...

1950's $10 bill with a B on it. serial #B06194921A

About $12.00

Anonymous said...

I have a $1.00 bill dated 1957. It is signed in a blue pen by Ivy Baker Priest - Treasurer of the United States as well as Robert B Anderson Secretary of the Treasury. Is this worth more than the face value?

Man said...

$1.00 bill dated 1957. It is signed in a blue pen by Ivy Baker Priest - Treasurer of the United States as well as Robert B Anderson Secretary of the Treasury

If these are autographed they would be about $15.00 but I'm not sure becuase this would be more of a historical collectible.

Rachel A said...

I have a $50 bill from the 1934 series B. Serial number I00656475A. What is this worth? Thanks!

Man said...

$50 bill from the 1934 series B.I00656475A about $200.00

Anonymous said...

I have a series 2003A one dollar star bill UNC that has a letter missing in the treasury seal. Instead of saying "FEDERAL RESERVE", it says "FED RAL RESERVE." It appears the E is entirely blocked off (it's just black there)

Is this kind of error worth anything? Or is it too minor?

Man said...

2003A one dollar star bill UNC that has a letter missing in the treasury seal. Instead of saying "FEDERAL RESERVE", it says "FED RAL RESERVE." It appears the E is entirely blocked off (it's just black there)

This is a very minor Ink Smear error it has no extra value.

Anonymous said...

i have a $100 bill and want to know its value...

serial number: G00451994*
series: 1950D
treasurer of the U.S: Kathryn O'day Granahan?
secretary of the treasury: C. Douglas Dillon
condition: VG with 3 folds

Anonymous said...

Does ironing a dollar make it worth less?♠

Anonymous said...

Does ironing a dollar make it worth less?

Man said...

$100 bill and want to know its value...

serial number: G00451994*
series: 1950D
condition: VG with 3 folds


About $175.00

Well ironing a note is not great, pressing it would be better without the heat, like in between books.
This may help with the value but with the folds it is hard to get past a VF at $175 which is what I'm assuming.

korvorka said...

Hi I am form Australia and I have been looking at your site I see that most $1 bills come from FW? right I have one that I don't know where its from I don't think it s worth any thing but it has a H on it where is that from I have not seen it on any of my US notes H1 6 F78314229F H49 Series 2003A thanks for any help Cheers for OZ

Man said...

I see that most $1 bills come from FW?
--Well it's about even from Washington, DC or Fort Worth, TX.

it has a H on it where is that from I have not seen it on any of my US notes H1 6 F78314229F H49 Series 2003A
--It was printed in Washington, DC.
All those little H are just plate postion.
Try reading more here...
http://www.uspapermoney.info/general/note.html

angela mccullah said...

I have a miscut one dollar bill. It is in perfect condition. I worked at a bank and received it in a shipment of new bills from fed. It is series 2003A and serial B064484343D. The corner was folded when it was cut and has a large tab the sticks out from the top left corner.

Man said...

miscut one dollar bill. It is in perfect condition. I worked at a bank and received it in a shipment of new bills from fed. It is series 2003A and serial B064484343D. The corner was folded when it was cut and has a large tab the sticks out from the top left corner.

Cutting error about $200.00

Anonymous said...

I have a star not 10 dollar bill, series 1993. Was curious why it was a star note to begin with, and if it has any value>
thanks
Kathy

Man said...

star not 10 dollar bill, series 1993. Was curious why it was a star note to begin with

Star notes are replacements notes when a regular run of bils are damaged in someay. Instead of remaking the ezact numbered notes that are damaged they isue star notes that start from 00000001*. Since these are replacement notes they are made in smaller amounts they have some extra value to collectors.

About $12.50

Julian said...

Hi,
I found 3 1935 $1 bills and a 1953A $5 bill and i was wondering how much they may be worth.
the serial # D87515748H $1 great condition 1935E blue stamp
X45089088B $1 circulated condition 1935A blue stamp
P36455221C $1 circulated condition 1935A brownish stamp and it has Hawaii stamped on the sides as well as on the back.
Lastly, F27085061A $5 circulated 1953A Blue stamp
Any help on the current value is greatly appreciated. Thanks

Man said...

the serial # D87515748H $1 great condition 1935E blue stamp
--About $3.00

X45089088B $1 circulated condition 1935A blue stamp
--About $3.00

P36455221C $1 circulated condition 1935A brownish stamp and it has Hawaii stamped on the sides as well as on the back.
--About $30.00

F27085061A $5 circulated 1953A Blue stamp
--About $10.00

Michael said...

I have 2 bills to ask you about. The first is what appears to be a significant ink smear on the back of a one dollar bill. Series 2006 i think with sn J41830721C. Ink smear is so significant that it has darkened the front of the bill also. Bill also looks somewhat crinkled up in the area of the smear as if it was sort of stuck between the rollers like a paper jam in a regular printer does sometimes

2nd bill is a 20 series 2006 with the treasury seal and the right series number offset to the right about a quarter inch. The serial number on the left appears to be in the proper place. Everything else appears to be in the right place also. I would be glad to send you some pics if I had an email address........Michael

Man said...

The first is what appears to be a significant ink smear...
--From your description about $150.00 of course a lot depends on eye appeal.

2nd bill is a 20 series 2006 with the treasury seal and the right series number offset to the right about a quarter inch...
--Sounds more like a minor Gutter Fold error about $30.00.

Michael said...

Thank you for your input. I would like you to look at pictures, especially the one, if you have time and would tell me how to send them.

Man said...

I would like you to look at pictures

Use a free photo site like imageshack and copy and paste the link here.

Michael said...

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/844/03042012095845pm.jpg/
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/37/03042012095954pm.jpg/

Here are the pics of the one. Do you think it is a genuine ink smear?

Man said...

Do you think it is a genuine ink smear?

I cannot tell, it looks real but only someone in hand can say.

That is likely a $150.00 error if real. The center fold is not good but the Ink Smear is major.

Michael said...

The bill is pretty worn. I will have someone local look at it.

Thanks for your help............

SDM said...

I have a $50 Ivy Baker priest Series 1950 B, a $20 Ivy baker priest Series 1950 B along with several $2 bills series 1976 any idea of their value?

Man said...

Without serial numbers I can only give the average value.

$50 Ivy Baker priest Series 1950 B about $55.00
$20 Ivy baker priest Series 1950 B about $25.00
$2 bills series 1976 just $2.00 each

Anonymous said...

I was looking over the site that you posted on this particular blog post and I was wondering if only the first and fifteenth runs of the FM note would be worth anything since the other two runs were much longer. Or is it the fact that it was switched back and forth from one printer to the other that makes it valuable? If that's the case would the FP note that only had one run at fort worth be valuable since all other notes were printed in dc? Sorry for the long post I was just curious.

Man said...

if only the first and fifteenth runs of the FM note would be worth anything since the other two runs were much longer.
--Yes.

Or is it the fact that it was switched back and forth from one printer to the other that makes it valuable?
--No, the printing place does not change value but the short run does.

If that's the case would the FP note that only had one run at fort worth be valuable since all other notes were printed in dc?
--Yes.

I should have included this in my post but I thought I would get more 2003-A notes in the future.

In CH-CU condition...
F-M 1st run about $10.00
F-M 15th run about $50.00
F-M 2nd-14th run about $2.00
F-P about $30.00

Your assumptions are correct.

Anonymous said...

Great, I will definitely start looking out for low run bills. Thanks very much for the feedback

Man said...

I will definitely start looking out for low run bills.

Good luck, I often say I will look but after a couple of weeks I forget.

Just too many notes to remember.