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Fancy Serial Numbers on Currency - A Guide to Unique, Interesting, and Odd Serial Numbers

Unique, interesting, or odd serial numbers on currency are generally referred to as “fancy” serial numbers by currency collectors.  To a certain extent the importance and value of a serial number is all in the eye of the beholder.  Below you will find a basic description of what serial numbers are considered fancy.  Click on each picture to learn about pricing and desirability of each fancy serial number.  We buy all serial numbers like these.  Please contact us and tell us what you have:  admin@oldcurrencyvalues.com


 Solid Serial Number - All One Number


 Low Serial Number - Two Digits or Less


 Trailing Zero Serial Number - Seven Zeros after Number


 Ladder Serial Number - Sequence of Consecutive Numbers


 Radar Serial Number - Reads the Same Both Ways


 Flipper Serial Number - Reads the Same Upside Down


 Repeater Serial Number - Two Numbers Repeated


 Binary Serial Number - All Zeros and Ones


 Stand Alone Serial Number - Number Surrounded by Zeros

Don’t forget that there are always other factors at play that help determine values when evaluating the worth of fancy serial numbers.  People tend to like serial number ones on one dollar bills, serial number two on two dollar bills, and so on.  Fancy serial numbers on rare notes will be worth more than the same fancy serial number on a common note.

Don’t forget that fancy serial numbers on higher denomination notes don’t really add much value.  A $1 bill could be worth $25 thanks to a fancy serial number.  However, the same fancy serial number on a $100 bill won’t make it worth $2,500.  A $100 bill is already worth $100, so it takes a really important serial number to add a lot of extra value there.  It would be very costly to collect $100 bills just because of their serial numbers.

Don’t forget that if the serial number on the note begins or ends with a star symbol that the note will likely have some additional value.  Some star notes are already very rare, so the fancy serial number will not add any extra value.  However, in almost every other case, the addition of a star symbol to a fancy serial number does add a little extra pizzazz.