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  1. May be a tougher block (EK Star).  Here's one that sold as a lot of two with another start note for $59.  Face value is $40 and the notes were Crisp Uncirculated. https://currency.ha.com/itm/federal-reserve-notes/fr-2090-k-l-20-2004-federal-reserve-notes-choice-crisp-uncirculated/a/141913-84399.s?ic4=ListView-Thumbnail-071515

    you may need to create an account on heritage to see this--it's free and well worth it just to browse their prices realized. 

  2. On 4/25/2021 at 1:55 PM, Ross Goldstock said:

    I have a 1914 5 dollar bill cleveland district graded pmg 65epq. There seems to be a ripple across the top of the bill. The seller from ebay says this is a natural paper weave and is something collectors want. My other bills in my collection don't have that. Can anyone help me please and tell me if this is natural or a problem in the value?

    What's the PMG number?  I can look on PMGNotes under verify to find it and get a pic with great resolution that way.  Or just post it to a set and let me know to look for it.  Those FRNs are beautiful!

  3. 22 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

    Looks like you've done some research on the note, I'm not convinced it's worth grading, that is if you were going to try and sell it for a profit. If you're planning on keeping it, that's a different story. A star note is good, a slight misalignment is also good but I'm not sure you'd get your money back. It'll be close. If there is some of the next note printed on it then it's a different story.

    Looks like you would have to select the Economy Special tier when submitting. If you haven't already, I'd read this https://www.pmgnotes.com/services/Submitting.aspx and this https://www.pmgnotes.com/submit/services-fees/pmg/  to get an idea. You can also try posting in the Ask PMG section or give them a call for assistance.

    I'd love to see some of your other error bills. 

    Good Luck,

    I agree with FM unless I'm missing something about the EK* block.  I even checked to make sure the stars were pointy end up.  Looks like a VF at best with ink at top.  

  4. NGC has purchase info for coins.  Not the same on PMG.  Unless you entered purchase info as part of the comment, there's no field dedicated to purchase info.  

    If you go to My Collection and select note manager, it defaults to US.  Like FM says, hit search and you will get a list of all your US notes in this case, but the comments are not displayed and of course photos are not displayed.  I use a spreadsheet for keeping info on my notes.  I'm not good with databases.  I have a standard for files names of pictures of my currency which I made up.  There's probably a smarter standard for file naming.  But it works for me.  

    If you have a bunch of notes and lots of pics, you really need to back up.  I use an old terabyte external drive to do this and it has saved the day when my operating system died and I had to rebuild my drive from scratch.  I'd fill up my 'free' cloud storage (one drive) with 1/100th of my collection and I refuse to pay for storage.  I think cloud storage may have crashed my laptop.  But the cloud is an option.


  5. My Kelly, 6th Ed. has a population of 12 Small and he listed $1000 for a note in VF, so that offer was in the ball park. Only 96 sheets of ty 1 $20s were issued (6 notes per sheet).  A different database (T&P) would have the current population broken down by denomination and type 1 or 2.  I have a note on the Citizens NB of Albion, NY; I paid $625 for a Ty. 1 $10 in VF+; it's now in a PMG 30 holder.  Neat town name and a pop of only 5 small (in Kelly), but New York is a common state. It's in this set:   sig.jpg

    It's a pain to get them graded.  Easier if you have a dealer close by that does a lot of business with PMG and would have it graded for you.  Economy tier is up to $1000 value, so you probably have to use the Standard tier which is up to $3000.  Cost is $25 vs. $45 and oh by the way, each submission has an additional $10 handling charge so you try to submit a bunch of notes at once to average out the shipping and handling fees.  I have 2 notes to submit using this tier and am waiting for next year's membership dues for a statement credit towards grading.

    I'm guessing the FNB of Reserve was the best note from your father, but given the value, make sure there's nothing special about the other notes like a radar serial number.  I do believe your note was printed by the GPO, but given its rarity, I don't think it would add much to the value.

  6. That note is hard to find as I can find no recorded sales on Heritage Auction's archives.  I don't have my Kelly reference handy, but will check next week for population.  Someone else may have population from Track and Price (T&P).  Those are rather large signatures from the logo type which may mean it's an early production from the Government Printing Office (most notes were made by a contractor, BBS, and typically have smaller signatures (and a few other diagnostics for the logo type)).  The logo type is the bank info including charter number and signatures.  The town name is neat which adds to the appeal and Montana notes tend to have a premium.  I'd grade it as a VF or VF+.  Where did you find this note??  PROTECT THIS NOTE--DO NOT TRY TO IMPROVE IT IN ANY WAY as you will just damage it.  Hopefully you know that already.  Thanks for posting.  

  7. There's a slight variation on the PMG rule (at least, they won't annotate repeater unless it's at least 6 digits total).  Here's what they say:  Repeater Serial Number--This serial number will repeat. The minimum number of digits that need to repeat is two (IE: 121212). Likewise, the minimum times the sequence needs to repeat is two (IE: 12341234). <--based on 'repeat is two' 1212 ought to be a repeater, right? Nope.

    Two examples, the Baltimore $5 gets the note "Repeater Serial Number", however, the Portland note doesn't (it ought to be a binary repeater in my opinion).  4 digits apparently isn't enough and there's no way to get a 5 digit repeater, so a min. of 6 digits.


    MD-Baltimore 1435 $5 RS Repeater.jpg


  8. For 4 notes, I'd go with the padded envelope w/cardboard.  There are additional packaging requirements if you are using Registered Mail.  The weight of the package and amount of insurance determines the price.  Registered Mail  provides up to $50,000 in insurance against loss or damage and as I recall you have to use it at ~5,000 in insured value.  If that's the case, I'd like to see your notes :-)

  9. Oh good, I thought it was something I said... :-)  Seems to work this morning.  I have problems with my work website based on which browser you use, including Safari on your smart phone.  I just wish someone would grade my notes now--they've been in Sarasota for over a month. 

    Ooops chat boards seem to work, but journals still not working.

  10. Make sure the font on the SN on the back is exactly the same as that on the front.  It looks good to me with nice embossing evident on the front.  See also PMG's posts on counterfeiting and changes to Serial Numbers (e.g., see:  https://www.pmgnotes.com/news/article/8052/).  For example, they use UV to see if a SN has been removed (but be careful not to look into UV as you can damage your eyes).  I like the look of the note except for the lines where the SN would have been.  That's a flag to me.  Especially check this area as shown by the arrow in the attached pic. 99% sure it's genuine given the shift of the 3rd printing on the seal an SN on front. If good, then send to PMG as I agree with FM, it will be worth the grading fees.  Probably a VF 35 as it has a centerfold unfortunately.


  11. I won a sample note from PMG back when they ran a trivia contest for members (yes, those were the good 'ole days).  It was a Malaysia, Bank Negara Pick #51 1 Ringgit ND (2012) PMG Unc Sample PMG Collectors Society Trivia Contest SN AG6140428 PMG 1528092-028 Sign. Z.A. Aziz, - Polymer Note

    I don't have a pic to post (Sorry), but it's at least one generation removed from the current PMG holder.  It is the only sample holder in my collection.  If there's a massive groundswell of demand (i.e. 5 likes on this post ought to represent a groundswell around here), I'll dig it out and post a pic.


  12. 12 hours ago, Luckyjeff said:

    Thank you very much.  They were new out of the ATM but, unfortunately, the solid 8's is not centered as well as the surrounding bills.  I think, technically, it qualifies as a Super 8's because it is solid AND can be flipped upside down and read the same way.  I will pay the extra $5 to try to get it labeled as "Super".  I will probably grade all 10 bills in sequence, 88888880-88888889 but I'm trying to decide about 88888866, 88888666, 88888777, 88888877, and the other 7 of a kind that are not 7, 8's in a row.

    Pretty sure PMG will not add the super as it is just implied in the "solid" ... A solid is a solid and it just doesn't get any more superlatives.  Even a "super" radar doesn't get a "super" from PMG (i.e. a 71111117 is a radar just like a boring old 77111177 quad radar is just a radar).  So no super, no quad, just a radar.  Also, the solid 8s by definition is a rotator, flipper and radar--but it's all contained in the "solid".  Quite the find if you got those out of an ATM!  Recently a number of mismatched serial number $20s were pulled out of an ATM and Northeast Numismatics is selling them.  The neat thing to do with the extra $5 is to see if PMG will add the provenance of what ATM, town, state, timeframe you found these.  Check with PMG as they may not do this as they can't verify where the notes were found in any way.  But that to me would be well worth the variety fee--the extra superlatives, well they may take the $5, but will not add a super for you.

  13. On 7/6/2020 at 11:15 AM, Luckyjeff said:

    I haven't decided whether to be a member of PMG or ANA, which provides submission privileges through PMG.  I might do both.  I've seen your post but it doesn't explain how to package the notes for safe transport to you, and the pricing indicates a range depending upon the value of the note.  Is that value determined by you?  If it is supposed to be determined by me, there is NO chance.  I don't know enough about bills to value them.  Some of these notes I will sell and some I will keep.  Ideally, I make enough money on the lesser bills to keep the 88888880-88888889 set because of its hard to find feature.  I do have a serious error note and some sub 1917 notes I have considered grading as well.  I REALLY WISH there was a video showing how one packages bills for submission.  Doing it the first time is so stressful that I considered waiting for the Fun convention in Orlando to submit them to a representative in person. I got a submission packet from the last convention that I attended but I misplaced it somewhere.  All I remember is that it seemed a bit daunting for some reason.

    You should do a search of ebay for "solid 8" and Heritage Auctions.  Join heritage for free.  Their auction archives are great.  The solid 8 ought to be a $1-3000 note depending on grade; the near solids less. Make sure you ask PMG to note "Solid SN" on your submission form.