Monday, November 26, 2012

1981 $20 Bill, B-E

Have any $20 bill and want to know its value? Leave a comment

It has no "modern" security features and in the 1980s was counterfeited more than every other note in the world. This note is about thirty years old and would likely pass the "pen test" in banks. That test uses either the pH value of money, which should be high, or the starchiness, which should not exist. The problem is that old notes pick up so much the often fail the pen test. Still nothing is as accurate as holding the money and feeling it to see this old note is real.


Another changed in these notes were the size of the sheets printed at once. Previously they printed 40,000 sheets (1,280,000 notes) for each run. Thanks to better machines they started printing 100,000 sheets (3,200,000 notes) per run.  Each year the printing gets better and some new presses around the world can handle huge sheets and runs close to a million. I am not sure what the U.S. is doing but maybe one day I can take a trip to D.C. and see it in person.

Here's the stats for this bill...
Type/Federal Bank: $20 Note - D.C. / New York
Year: 1981
Printings: 99,840,000
Printed: October 1983
Run: 8th of 31 from B25600001E - B28800000E
Value: $25.00 in EF

Do you have currency 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.

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

Anonymous said...

2 folds and circulated $20 1977 series B00220849*

Man said...

2 folds and circulated $20 1977 series B00220849*

About $25.00

cat_in_the_hat said...

I have seven 1950 series (US) ten dollar bills that I picked up once upon a time. They are in very good condition as far as I can tell. They were flat when I received them several years ago and have kept them flat in a book. They may have been folded at some point in the past but any creases are very very faint at most.
F60006204B
J25853562A
G99858052G
G13266655G
G63000061E
G17646918H
G79121323G

Man said...

1950 series (US) ten dollar bills...

1950-B F60006204B about $22.00
J25853562A depends on back number
1950-D G99858052G about $15.00
1950-C G13266655G about $15.00
1950-B G63000061E about $12.00
1950-D G17646918H about $15.00
1950-D G79121323G about $15.00

cat_in_the_hat said...

For J25853562A, the only number I see on the back of the bill is "1411"

Man said...

J25853562A, the only number I see on the back of the bill is "1411"

$10 1950 about $25.00

cat_in_the_hat said...

Thanks! I think I'll just keep hanging onto them for a while. Its not like they take up any room. Do you have any suggestions on how to better preserve them?

Anonymous said...

Have $20 1996 series bill perfect condition with 3 errors. Paper has irregular upper left corner extra 1/4 by 1 inch. Part of left serial # missing on front but printed with upward angle on back of irregular corner and can see crease where had folded over.
What is value?

Man said...

Do you have any suggestions on how to better preserve them?

Just keep them in a cool, dark, and dry place.

You can buy PVC-free holders but not really needed for these common notes.

The $10 1950 J25853562A back no. 1411 is your best since that is a Narrow variety and the last of the old fashion 12-subject sheets.

Man said...

$20 1996 series bill perfect condition with 3 errors.

Paper has irregular upper left corner extra 1/4 by 1 inch.Part of left serial # missing on front but printed with upward angle on back of irregular corner and can see crease where had folded over.

All of this is one error known as Gutter Fold about $250.00.

Anonymous said...

1981 $20 bill G06923079C back number 254

Man said...

1981 $20 bill G06923079C back number 254 about $25.00 in very-fine

onlinemoney said...

Got 2 1988 series $20 bills from walmart today H 05245682 B and sequential bill H 05245682 B. Can youu tell me anything about them? Also, how common is it to get sequential bills from 1988 from a register at walmart?

onlinemoney said...

Oops, they are 82 B and 83 B sequential bills!

Man said...

1988 series $20 bills from walmart today H 05245682 B and sequential bill H 05245683 B

They are series 1988-A notes.

They are common and in crisp-uncirculated they are about $25.00 each but anything less is just $20 each.

These notes were actually printed in June of 1991.

Having sequential notes that are old are common. Because anyone can get them from banks new and sequential and hold on to them for years. If they never double in value then most collectors just spend them.

Joy Clemens said...

1974 D29019637C
1977 D11318877B
1977 D04976601*
1977 E20704636C
1977 B17201533E
1981 E13904080A

All $20's and all in good shape, a few have a bent in corner and one line down the middle.

Man said...

All $20's and all in good shape, a few have a bent in corner and one line down the middle.

1974 D29019637C just $20.00
1977 D11318877B just $20.00
1977 D04976601* about $25.00
1977 E20704636C just $20.00
1977 B17201533E just $20.00
1981 E13904080A about $22.00

Joy Clemens said...

I forgot a few of them.

1981 B46932496A
1981 E04479300A
1981 E40254207A

Man said...

$20 bills...

1981 B46932496A just $20.00
1981 E04479300A just $20.00
1981 E40254207A just $20.00

Unfortunately all are common.

bamafan8182 said...

1981 H26338038B $20

Man said...

1981 H26338038B $20 about $25.00

Mathew Schwab said...

D 88861072 A back number 236

Mathew Schwab said...

oh its from 1981 also

Mathew Schwab said...

$20 from 1981 D 88861027 A back number 236 sorry i realized after i posted that it wasnt all the info you probably needed

Man said...

$20 from 1981 D 88861027 A back number 236

About $22.00

Anonymous said...

Okay i have quite a bit but here it is:
$2.00 - I65595622A
I61971333A
I06463157B
F07334920B

$5.00- B84721807D

$20.00 - G43008870C

Sorry :o

Man said...

$2.00 - I65595622A
I61971333A
I06463157B
F07334920B

$5.00- B84721807D

$20.00 - G43008870C


What year for each?

Anonymous said...

The $2.00 are in the 2003 series
$5.00 in 1995
$20.00 in 1981

Man said...

$2.00 are in the 2003 series
I65595622A just $2.00
I61971333A just $2.00
I06463157B just $2.00
F07334920B recheck date

$5.00 in 1995
B84721807D just $5.00

$20.00 in 1981
G43008870C about $30.00

Anonymous said...

hey man...
was wondering about 2013 prices on 3 separate notes...
1) 1928 $20 "8" st louis frn
2) 1860's citizens bank of louisiana $100 "remainder"
obsolete note....both notes are graded 65ppq
3) 1934 plain $5 silver *star* note, graded 64ppq..
thank you

Anonymous said...

Oh, whoops.
F07334920B is 1995

Man said...

1) 1928 $20 "8" st louis frn about $350.00 in 65ppq

2) 1860's citizens bank of louisiana $100 "remainder"
obsolete note about $70.00 in 65ppq

3) 1934 plain $5 silver *star* note about $300.00 in 64ppq

Man said...

$2.00 Bill
F07334920B is 1995 just $2.00

Anonymous said...

Thank you (: and what are notes?

Man said...

what are notes?

Notes are bills or currency or any paper money.

simon campos said...

20 bill 1981 series B00088439*

Man said...

20 bill 1981 series B00088439* about $30.00 if circulated

Vi said...

L62191088C
L50462264D
L07995846L

Man said...

Assuming $20 bills from 1981...

L62191088C about $25.00
L50462264D about $25.00
L07995846L about $20.00 must be from 1985

BJ said...

Just found 5 $20 bills in some old things of my grandma's. All circulated.

E41512691A
B16277357D
G93961603A
G27265878D
B41036626E

Thank you for the help.

BJ said...

Sorry, all are from 1981

Man said...

$20 bills in some old things of my grandma's. All circulated...1981

E41512691A about $25.00
B16277357D about $22.00
G93961603A about $20.00
G27265878D about $22.00
B41036626E about $22.00

Anonymous said...

$20 bill from 1981
B12324841A

Man said...

$20 bill from 1981
B12324841A about $22.00

Anonymous said...

1981 20 $ bill. K#########B. How Much is it worth?

Man said...

1981 20 $ bill. K#########B

Just $20.00 if circulated.

Hong Ks said...

1981 20 dollars note..??

Man said...

1981 20 dollars note is a common note, just $20.00.

Anonymous said...

consecutive D21578501A-D21578600A crisp, uncirculated. what else can i tell you?

Man said...

consecutive D21578501A-D21578600A crisp, uncirculated. what else can i tell you?

What year?
What denomination?

Anonymous said...

$20 bill from 1981 G12673568A numbers on back are 699 how much is it worth?

Man said...

$20 bill from 1981 G12673568A

Just $20.00

Unknown said...

$20 bill 1981, slight fold

Carlos said...

$20 dollar Bill - 1981 K54805309A : back # : 328
$10 dollar bill - 1993 B00351525D : back # : 18
$10 dolla bill - 1988A L91044665B : back # : 310
$2 Dollar bill - 2003 I18582717B : back # : 8

What are they worth?

Man said...

$20 bill 1981, slight fold

Just $20.00

Man said...

$20 dollar Bill - 1981 K54805309A : back # : 328
$10 dollar bill - 1993 B00351525D : back # : 18
$10 dolla bill - 1988A L91044665B : back # : 310
$2 Dollar bill - 2003 I18582717B : back # : 8


All are just face value.

Anonymous said...

1981 $50 note- circulated
D03336663A : back #22
1977 $50 note- circulated
G04046138A back #59
1988 $20 note- circulated
L27868747A back #145
1985 $20 note- circulated
J77476021 back #177

What are they worth?

Man said...

1981 $50 note- circulated
D03336663A : back #22
--About $60.00

1977 $50 note- circulated
G04046138A back #59
--About $50.00

1988 $20 note- circulated
L27868747A back #145
--About $20.00

1985 $20 note- circulated
J77476021 back #177
--About $20.00

Joeywishtoo said...

How can you tell if a bill is common or uncommon? Got a 1985 $20 in the ATM.
It shows K56584197B
Guessing it's common & worth $20?

Man said...

1985 $20 in the ATM.
It shows K56584197B


Just $20.00

Lexandor Davunt said...

1981 $20 A32393993C #502
Minor creese above the R in federal, but otherwise uncirculated.

Man said...

1981 $20 A32393993C #502
Minor creese above the R in federal, but otherwise uncirculated.


About $25.00

Mike T said...

$20 1934A S/N B01012916 *(star) several folds but no tears and decent corners and outline.
$20 1981 S/N J61042097 A one fold and good corners and outline

Can you tell me how much are they worth, please.

Man said...

$20 1934A S/N B01012916 *(star) several folds but no tears and decent corners and outline.
--About $60.00

$20 1981 S/N J61042097 A one fold and good corners and outline
--About $20.00

Courtney Zirkle said...

$20. 1981A FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE. B08614611B. Great condition, corners intact, edges clean, but a faded fold down the center. And how is the worth of these bills determined?

Man said...

$20. 1981A FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE. B08614611B. Great condition, corners intact, edges clean, but a faded fold down the center. And how is the worth of these bills determined?

Just $20.00.
Value is determined by how many are printed, less than 640,000 have extra value.
Next is condition, any fold or fading or un-sharp corner ruins the value. It should be unfolded and corners pointy.
Next is age anything 100 years old or older has extra value everything else is too new.

Meagan said...

I have 1981 20 dollar bill serial number E32551849A There is a circle on face left, with an uppercase E and the words "federal reserve bank of richmond virginia" The number 5 appears on the face in four places. Its in good condition...slight fold down lengthwise horizontal in middle and three folds vertical. No wear other than folds... and a slight pinkish/red ink mark at top. Thanks!

Peggy Davis said...

I have a $20 which is D 25190468 B. Do you know what year(s) it might be?

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi I have a 2009 $20 bill serial number JE 26058996 F. The bill has Lourdes stamped on back in the right lower corner and a blue circle on the left lower inside with some letters stamped inside of it. I can only make out "re" as the last two letters. Is this worth saving?

Marc W said...

Is a 1981 $20 D note worth more than face value? It's in great shape. No rips or tears with 4 light folds.

Man said...

1981 20 dollar bill serial number E32551849A There is a circle on face left, with an uppercase E and the words "federal reserve bank of richmond virginia" The number 5 appears on the face in four places. Its in good condition...slight fold down lengthwise horizontal in middle and three folds vertical. No wear other than folds... and a slight pinkish/red ink mark at top.

About $25.00 in EF

Man said...

$20 which is D 25190468 B. Do you know what year(s) it might be?

No it should say on the front of the bill.

Man said...

2009 $20 bill serial number JE 26058996 F. The bill has Lourdes stamped on back in the right lower corner and a blue circle on the left lower inside with some letters stamped inside of it. I can only make out "re" as the last two letters.

Just $20.00, not worth keeping unless you know a Lourdes

Man said...

2009 $20 bill serial number JE 26058996 F. The bill has Lourdes stamped on back in the right lower corner and a blue circle on the left lower inside with some letters stamped inside of it. I can only make out "re" as the last two letters. Is this worth saving?


Just $20.00, not worth keeping unless you know a Lourdes

Man said...

1981 $20 D note worth more than face value? It's in great shape. No rips or tears with 4 light folds.

Just face value.

Foxy Fox said...

1 Center fold. H10586119A 1981 $20

Man said...

1 Center fold. H10586119A 1981 $20 just $20.00

BF said...

Two $20 bills sharp corners with no creases circulated Star note New York serial # B06175082*
B06175083*

Man said...

$20 bills sharp corners with no creases circulated Star note New York serial # B06175082*
B06175083*


What year?

BF said...

1981

Man said...

1981 $20 bills sharp corners with no creases circulated Star note New York serial #
B06175082* about $75.00
B06175083* about $75.00

Unknown said...

Series 1981 $20 bill b 21675840 c
Federal reserve of new York new York
Autographed by treasure of the state
Autographed by the Secretary of the treasury.

Man said...

Series 1981 $20 bill b 21675840 c
Federal reserve of new York new York
Autographed by treasure of the state
Autographed by the Secretary of the treasury


If you mean signed like a real signature not printed that is an autograph collectible about $35.00.

If you just mean the regular printing signature then just $20.00

Anonymous said...

I have a $20 bill in pretty good condition.

B92503355D from Series 1988A

Man said...

$20 bill in pretty good condition.

B92503355D from Series 1988A


Just $20.00

Joe B Bank said...

Hello, I currently have 4- 1981 $20 notes that were saved from the bank I was paid with that had sat since they came from the bank they are the mintest, nicest bills I've ever received except from the bank New bills. These have 0 flaws, centering is perfect and they never were in circulation, as my customer had a stack from the bank from 81' in her vault she paid me with $1,000 worth but some wernt "Perfect" so I used and paid my guys with them, I kept 4 that are in holders now I ordered and don't have a flaw, I'm saying that there in 99% condition. Should I send in the serial numbers and I was wondering with the condition as good as any new bill I've received could they have any value that is above the $25-$75 I've seen quoted here in good condition. I Just have never seen a bill 35 years old that's literally perfect. An there Real others passed a pen test. Could I have any chance of a really valuable Bill out of the 4 perfect 99% condition 1s I kept? I'm hoping for some guidance. Thank you kindly. Joe

Anonymous said...

Was wondering about a series A 1981 20$ bill B87817890 B and a G2 and G229 in top corners with 181 on back ... How much?

clwigner said...

I have one too. It's odd.