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Paper Money Collecting FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Paper Money Collecting.

This FAQ about Paper Money Collecting was compiled and written by Bruce Giese giesewpm@tiac.net with numerous contributions by others.

-0.0) Paper Money Collecting: Introduction and Disclaimer
This is the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on the subject ...
-0.0) Paper Money Collecting: Credits and Copyright
This FAQ was initially created and submitted for *....
-0.1) History of rec.collecting.paper-money
The newsgroup rec.collecting.paper-money passed the ...
-0.2) Charter for rec.collecting.paper-money
The rec.collecting.paper-money newsgroup is open to discussion of ...
-0.2) rec.collecting.paper-money: Can I post in a different language?
Most posts are written in English. If you don't ...
-1.1) Who collects paper money?
The paper money collecting hobby has been very well established ...
-1.2) What kind of paper money do people collect?
-1.3) Paper Money: What's the best way to get started collecting?
Probably the best way to start is to subscribe to Bank Note Reporter....
-1.4) I'd like to trade/buy/sell paper money, what should I do?
The most effective way to get paper money is not ...
-1.5) How does the typical paper money transaction occur?
Most paper money dealers don't have stores in the same sense ...
-1.6) Paper Money Collecting: How should I store my banknotes?
To keep them in the best possible condition you should use Mylar holders....
-1.7) Is there an all encompassing reference book for paper money?
There are a few key reference books for paper money....
-1.8) Paper Money Collecting: What is a "Pick" number?
Refers to Albert Pick, author of the world paper money ...
-1.9) How do you grade the condition of paper money?
The condition of a note is critical to its value. Lowering ...
-1.10) Paper Money Collecting: Who are some dealers and professionals that I can contact?
Alan Herbert has a regular column in Bank ...
-1.11) Paper Money Collecting: What are some societies/organizations that I can join?
Society of Paper Money Collectors (SPMC)...
-1.12) Paper Money Collecting: Are there any relevant periodicals?
See the section on societies and the section on how to get started....
-1.13) Who is J.S.G. Boggs and why is he famous for paper money art?
Boggs is an artist who draws paper money, but not for the ...
-1.14) Where are some paper money shows that I can attend?
The two biggest paper money shows are in Memphis (every June)...
-1.15) Paper Money Collecting: What are Green Sheets?
The Green Sheets are the currency equivalent of the Grey Sheets ...
-1.15) Where are some paper money World Wide Web Sites?
Here's a list of some websites......
-2.1) Paper Money Collecting: How do I get a banknote officially appraised?
The only way to *really* determine the value of a ...
-2.2) Paper Money Collecting: I found a US 1935/1953/1957Silver Certificate in circulation, how much is it worth?
This is by far the most common paper money question asked ...
-2.3) Paper Money Collecting: Is a US 1963-1993 note worth anything?
Usually not. Notes from 1963 onward were collected in ...
-2.4) Paper Money Collecting: Are US two dollar bills worth anything?
A 1976 two dollar bill has no inherent market value ...
-2.5) Paper Money Collecting: I found a very old banknote inperfect condition in a very old book, what should I do?
Treat it as if it was worth thousands of dollars until you ...
-2.6) Paper Money Collecting: I found a note from countryXYZZY, how much is it worth?
Many people have had notes identified on rec.collecting.paper-...
-2.7) Paper Money Collecting: I found a US Federal ReserveNote with the little numbers in the wrong place. Is it counterfeit?
It's probably a web press note. The BEP has been experimenting ...
-2.8) Paper Money Collecting: I found a note with a star nextto the serial number, what does this mean?
It's a replacement note. When errors are found on ...
-2.9) Paper Money Collecting: I found a banknote that says"The Japanese Government", what is it?
It's Japanese Invasion Money (JIM). This was printed by ...
-2.10) Paper Money Collecting: I found a note marked "SPECIMEN" with a serial number of all zeros, what is it?
Specimen notes are printed for banks and law enforcement as a ...
-2.11) Paper Money Collecting: I found a Chinese banknote that is labelled "Hell", what is it?
When I first started collecting paper money, I had a Chinese ...
-2.12) Paper Money Collecting: What is a watermark?
Most countries have banknotes with watermarks. The USA added a ...
-3.1) USA Paper Money: I heard the US is changing its paper money, is this true?
Some of it has already changed. The series 1990 (and 1993)...
-3.2) USA Paper Money: What is a National Banknote?
After the US Civil War (1865-1935), the US government ...
-3.3) USA Paper Money: What are Silver Certificates and Gold Certificates?
From 1878 through 1957, the US issued Silver Certificates, ...
-3.4) USA Paper Money: Can you exchange Silver Certificates for real silver?
Up until 1968, you could exchange your Silver Certificates ...
-3.5) USA Paper Money: I heard that some US notes are stamped HAWAII, why?
During World War II, the US wanted to keep Hawaii'...
-3.6) USA Paper Money: What is fractional currency?
During and after the Civil War, the US began to run short ...
-3.7) USA Paper Money: What is obsolete currency (broken banknotes, wildcat notes)?
-3.8) USA Paper Money: I heard there are a lot of counterfeitUS notes worldwide, is this true?
A great number of counterfeit hundred dollar bills are showing ...
-3.9) Is it illegal to copy U.S. paper money?
It is illegal to make *any* color copies of any kind ...
-3.10) Is it illegal to use U.S. paper money on products or in advertising?
Photographs of notes, or portions of notes may not be used in ...
-3.11) Are old US notes still legal tender?
Every note that has ever been backed by the US Government ...
-3.12) USA Paper Money: Are banknotes with Barr's signature good investments?
This single note probably draws more questions than any other ...
-3.13) What's the story on the Bank of the United States 1840 $1,000 note with serial number 8894?
I can tell you that this note has probably cost more grief, ...
-3.14) USA Paper Money: Where are all the Federal Reserve Banks?
The currently circulating US paper notes are ...
-3.15) USA Paper Money: What do all those weird things mean on the one dollar bill?
On the front side, the black seal to the left of the portrait is ...
-3.16) Where can I buy uncut sheets of U.S. paper money?
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) sells various ...
-3.17) USA Paper Money: Whose portrait is on the various current banknotes?
1 George
-4.1) World Paper Money: How do I get banknotes from country XYZZY?
Your best bet is to go through a dealer or ...
-4.2) World Paper Money: How do I get banknotes from every country in the world?
This is a common way to collect and your best bet is ...
-4.3) World Paper Money: What was Operation Bernhardt?
During World War II, Germany created a lot of very ...
-4.4) World Paper Money: What is concentration camp money?
During World War II, Germany created currencies for ...
-4.5) World Paper Money: Does anybody collect Conferate States of America notes?
Yes, this is a major area for collectors and many ...
-4.6) World Paper Money: How many countries currently issue paper money?
This depends a lot on how you count them. For ...









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