Hunting for Cool Currency

New to currency collecting? Look through the bills in your pocket and you might find something interesting.

Getting Started?

A fun way to get started in currency collecting is to look through circulated bills and try to find something that is a bit different or interesting. Below you'll find some of the things that you should be on the look out for.

Huh, Star Notes?

Star notes are replacement banknotes. That basically means that when printing bank notes when a printing error leaves a bill unable to be used and replacement one is printed. This is done so the folks at the mint know the exact number of banknotes being printed. Since no two banknotes can have the same serial number the bill is reprinted with a star next to the serial number letting people know it's an error note.

Fancy Serial Numbers

Another area of real collectability is based around the serial number of the various banknotes. Here is what you need to keep an eye out for:

High serial number (4 or more starting 9’s)
Low serial numbers (4 or more starting 0’s)
Ladders (e.g. 01234567)
Binary (74774747)
Repeater (e.g. 19951995)
Super Repeater (e.g. 12121212)
Quad Double (e.g. 55551111)
Radar (e.g. 64977946)
Binary Radar (e.g. 02022020)
Repeater Radar (e.g. 61166116)
Solid (e.g. 88888888)
7-of-a-kind (e.g. 44444244)
7-in-a-row (e.g. 11111118)