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Two identical $1 bills could be worth up to $150,000: what to check to see if you have them

One dollar might not seem like much, but if you are have the right one, and its twin, you may be able to get up to $150,000 from that printing error.

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Bills and coins are ubiquitous in our daily lives, at least for now, but some of them can be worth a fortune. Billions of dollars in US currency are printed and engraved each year and from time to time, something goes wrong and there is a misprint or minting error. Thanks to this, those rarities that circulate can be sold for a wad of cash. For example, having two identical $1 bills could give you up to $150,000.

The value of a coin or note is essentially determined by three main factors: the rarity, the condition/grade of the coin or note, as well as market conditions, i.e. demand. The combination of these three factors give the value of a coin or bill.

Two identical $1 bills could be worth up to $150,000: what to check to see if you have them

According to Wealthy Nickel, in July 2016, the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing sent a request to its Fort Worth facility to print a batch of dollar bills. However, that was the same request that he had sent to his Washington, DC, facility in November 2014.

As a result, there are 6.4 million dollars with duplicate serial numbers, when each serial number must be unique. Because these dollars are the result of a rare mistake, they are worth much more than their face value.

Here’s what to look for on the dollar bills:

  • The Series date located to the far right of the George Washington photograph reads: 'Series 2013'.
  • The note has a Federal Reserve stamp with the letter "B" above the serial number which is also to the right of the Washington photo.
  • The serial number ends with a star (*) and is between B00000001*-B00250000* or B03200001*-B09600000*.

Both banknotes must have these characteristics. According to Wealthy Nickel, both notes are worth between $20,000 and $150,000, depending on the condition of the notes and the serial number.


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