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  1. I participated in a math competition at school last year, and won a cash prize of $4 and change (it was a small, club sponsored competition). One of the dollar bills was a star note, the first I found.

    Bravo. acclaim.gif


    This is outstanding on at least three levels:


    1. You participated in a math competition. Good for you!


    2. You won. Even better for you!


    3. You received a star note. Talk about your unexpected bonus!


    Congratulations (and keep up the math),



  2. Excellent clarification and added info, Omega32 - thank you! thumbsup2.gif


    When you handle one of the 1,000 note bricks, are the packs bound together somehow, or is it ten loose packs (but with their paper bands)? Not having seen BEP bricks except on TV, I'm curious as to whether the 4,000 note brick is a package of four 1,000 note bricks, or if the 1,000 note units are assembled after the fact once the notes have left the BEP...


    Always curious 893scratchchin-thumb.gif,


  3. Brick, is that what they call a complete sheet? How many notes on each?


    I'm no currency expert, but this much I do know. The United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing prints United States paper currency in sheets. Each sheet contains 32 notes (or "subjects" as they're called when in sheet form).


    Printing proceeds in two basic phases. In the first, intaglio printers produce the base front and back designs on the sheets. In the second, letterpress printers overprint the sheets (which have been cut in half to yield 16 subject units) with the seals, Federal Reserve designations, and serial numbers.


    The printing process uses dynamic serial number printing devices to print the serial numbers on the notes. These devices advance the serial number by one each time they print on a new sheet. This means that corresponding notes on successive sheets have serial numbers differing by one, not notes on the same sheet. The Bureau stacks printed sheets one atop the other and uses a powerful cutting machine to slice downward through the stack to produce individual stacks of notes, which are then wrapped into packets with paper retaining bands.


    Packets contain 100 notes, regardless of denomination. The Bureau packages 40 packets together into "bricks" which they distribute to the designated Federal Reserve District. A brick therefore is a unit of currency distribution containing 4,000 notes divided into 40 packs of 100 notes per pack.


    All of this is by way of explaining that notes with successive serial numbers were actually printed on separate but adjacent sheets in the stack.