Fancy Serial Numbers

First, there are a lot of factors that come into play when determining the value of currency.

Condition, the type of error or variety in the piece, the aging of the bill or coin, and so forth. With this in mind, just having a collectible or fancy serial number does not mean that old, torn bill is worth much. Now, if you are able to maintain higher condition of the bill and the item has a very unique serial number, you could be sitting on thousands of dollars!

Also, the denomination of the bill is factored into the value as well, but plays less of an impact than you would imagine. The higher value bills will be worth a comparable face- value increase than lower face- value bills.

So, a $100 bill with a radar repeating serial number will be worth a similar increase to worth over its original $100 face value as the $5 bill with a radar repeating serial number. Of course, both bills would need to be in comparable condition.

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.

Star Note Bills with Fancy Serial Numbers

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

Here are examples of each:



6 thoughts on “Fancy Serial Numbers

  • January 10, 2019 at 2:40 am

    I just got a counterfeit detector. Surprised that each denomination has its own coloured strip under blacklight. One five dollar bill the strip lit up fine,but up in each corner were a dime sized blotches that lit up as well. Turned it over and the reverse was splattered across the bill. Is this considered an error?

  • January 10, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    What ta value of y dollar bill 77777717 2003

  • August 22, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I have a $20 dollar bill with serial number JF91191109B. Is it worth anything

  • October 18, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you for the contact option here!!

    I have a $10 bill, 1929, #A 000368 from The First National Bank of Fort Branch Indiana.

    And a $100 bill, 2009, #74856923. Numbers 2-9.

    Any feedback would be appreciated if a value is known for either bill. Thank you! ND

  • October 28, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I have a a Dollar bill the serial number G 00001223 E I want to know the worth and more insight thanks.

  • November 28, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I have a $ 5 bill MB 35353035 E 2013 bill look and feels brand new ( very crisp,clean minor fold ( serial # almost bleed to reverse side of bill ,small dots of ink and and indentation of serial number also very close to going threw bill . Only way I can describe bill .) Also have a $ 1 bill F 00041927 G 2013 fair condition.


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