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Heaping Insult Upon Injury

Heaping Insult Upon Injury

The hyperinflation that ripped through Zimbabwe in the first decade of this century / millennium was an economic and societal catastrophe. The currency was officially and fully demonetized in 2015 but the nation of Zimbabwe is continuing to try to dig its way out of the devastation caused by the hyperinflation and other disastrous government policies and programs. It is somewhat ironic, and I’m sure more than a little chagrin inducing for the people of that country, to think that the 100 Tr

Revenant

Revenant

02/24/2019

An Interesting (Albeit Frustrating) Confirmation

An Interesting (Albeit Frustrating) Confirmation

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from the coin collecting to build up my Zimbabwe set. The merchant I normally buy from has knocked their prices down recently so I’ve been buying and building the set while the buying is good. I was bidding on a P-95, 4th dollar, 20 dollar note last night and I ended up having to get it go when another bidder took it just a little higher than I was comfortable paying for it at the moment. The fact that the other bidder bid three times and bid it up to tha

Revenant

Revenant

02/20/2019

 

ADDING - ONES in FEBRUARY 2019 - THIS YEAR OUTLOOK IS ON THE SMALL SIZE NOTES SETS TO FILL IN THE OPEN SLOTS

The first will be the updating of the existing Five Dollars Small Size Notes sets to fill in the open slots and the addition of the 2017 series notes. The One and Five Dollars notes, along with the addition of 2017 series of $10 and $20 notes. The plan is to complete all of the remaining twenty nine Back Plate Error and Mule notes for the One Dollar FRN District Master set by the end of this year. This will be part of 46 note slots needed to complete the “$1 FRN District Master Set” for all the

STEVE R

STEVE R

02/09/2019

Picking out the Alternate Anniversary Present

Picking out the Alternate Anniversary Present

Since making the decision to return that ungraded 20 Trillion note my wife and I had said we’d sit down together once we got the refund and pick out what we were going to get instead. We got the refund on Tuesday 01/29. With the nature of being parents being what it is, we didn’t get to sit down together until shortly before bedtime on Friday 2/1, after the Ben was already in bed to pick out the new notes / purchase. I’d been looking at notes / options online for about a week at this p

Revenant

Revenant

02/07/2019

BABE IN THE WOODS

BABE IN THE WOODS

HELP! HELP!! HELP!!! Hello fellow collectors. I JUST got my first real set of paper money. In fact, I got a few sets. BUT, they are all in CGA holders, and before I go and send them all into PMG for re-holdering and grading, (for which I may need to go back to work to pay for) I need to know how to get the bid and ask for these new adoptees of mine. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance. Capt. Brian To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added bel

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

10/03/2015

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01/31/2019

Even at Heritage the Scans are ALTERED - Part 1

Even at Heritage the Scans are ALTERED - Part 1

Heritage Auctions posts scans that are not realistic either!! Heritage says, "The margins are outstandingly large for this type, and the gold inks are as deeply colorful as we have ever seen them. PMG likely saw some very minor flaw with the note out of the holder, but in the holder its obvious original embossing along with its other attributes makes it look like a 65 EPQ to us. From The Yuri Solovey Collection" Now look at their scan compared to mine once I received the note. When will th

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

01/25/2017

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01/31/2019

 

Ch #6301

My beautiful Ch #6301's. Just tell me I have a reason to be in love with this Charter.     

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

11/16/2018

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01/26/2019

 

ADDING - ONES in JANUARY 2019 - THE REGISTRY UPDATED THE ONE DOLLAR SSFRN SETS FOR 2017, MULES, BACK PLATE ERROR NOTES.

Over 2019 you will see this set type “One Dollar Federal Reserve Notes – District Set with Stars and Varieties” change as more new notes are added and with the correction of Mule and Back Plate Error, also the addition of the sheet notes and other BEP issue items. This year, I hope to see the scoring system be completed to remove all of the dual scoring system. Over the last year 2018, with all the changes added up to more than 15 note slots to the sets. You will also see the addition of more 20

STEVE R

STEVE R

01/01/2019

Oswego County, NY Nationals

Oswego County, NY Nationals

By accident, I've become of fan of these small towns along I-81! Just added an 1882 Value Back $20 from Mexico, NY. It joins my Albion, NY notes. Albion is England and Mexico is typically known for its beaches and sun, not so much for its lakes. Look for these town names when you are on I-81, but don't blink! Notes are in my Signature set of Nationals along with a few better PA notes. I'd love to add other Mexico NY (and other states) nationals to my collection. H

ddr70

ddr70

09/23/2015

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12/24/2018

 

A PMG Grading Kanban

In Japanese, a Kanban (看板)  is a signboard or billboard, but in lean manufacturing a Kanban is a scheduling system.  Submissions at PMG start out in a Received Status.  Then your notes move into a dreaded state, "scheduled for grading"; a purgatory for notes. You you eagerly await a status of Quality Control--if you're like me, you start checking every day after about 30 days.  Where are my notes submitted last October?  Purgatory.  Quality control means the notes made it to the end of the queue

ddr70

ddr70

12/08/2018

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12/14/2018

 

ADDING – ONES in NOVEMBER 2018 - THE REGISTRY UPDATED THE ONE DOLLAR SSFRN SETS TO ADD MORE BACK PLATE ERROR and MULE NOTES

The One dollar Federal Reserve Note – District Set with Stars and Varieties set type, was just updated to add the missing mule (m) and back plate error (bpe) notes to the set. The last change added more note slots count and was change to 704 within the set. As more information and research work is done, the number of notes within this set will be added. Also some of the mule note are BEP sheet note and would need to be added as part of this set and are some of rarest. You will find most of infor

STEVE R

STEVE R

11/19/2018

 

Salem, OH Charter 43 sequential serial numbers

I've managed to reunite an interesting pair of $20 Plain Backs from Salem, OH, Charter 43.  Both were acquired in Baltimore from different dealers about 6 months apart.  So far these are the only two PBs with Lyons | Roberts signature combinations or Fr. 650 and dated Apr. 11, 1902 just like charter 43 date backs.  Other $20 PBs that I can find have Speelman | White signatures or Fr. 635 and are dated Apr 10, 1922 (note:  Track and Price doesn't identify the Fr. #).  The Serial numbers are 5226/

ddr70

ddr70

10/27/2018

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11/17/2018

 

CH #252

I am trying to complete a set from one national bank set. I chose the First National Bank of Pittsburgh (Ch #252) because I originally bought an ungraded 1902 $5 Plain Back. It graded 35 EPQ and the signature of the bank president Lawrence Saunders is a wonderful signature. Also, this is a common bank with many notes so I thought the chances of getting most of the denominations would be better. It's not as easy as I thought. I rarely see the large denomination notes for sale. If anyone can help,

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

11/20/2017

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11/15/2018

Ch # 252 Multiple Signatures for $5 Note

Ch # 252 Multiple Signatures for $5 Note

How about FOUR different signature pairs for a single bank. Two of the notes show the cashier presumably promoted to the President. And C.C. Taylor, the cashier quite common on the Ch # 252 notes is President on the 1929 small versions from this Charter. I wish someone could explain this bank's storied signatute lines. Obviously the "FirstSecond NB" merged to become the First NB but the multiple signatures requires some research of which I haven't done yet. 

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

08/25/2018

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11/10/2018

 

Example of Bad

I did business with the purveyor of these notes. Note the tape as the holder fell apart. Fortunately I don't see many of these holders anymore but it was not a good way to begin collecting, doing business with a person that doesn't care about long term customer relations as opposed to making a quick buck. If you do see these holders, treat them as CGA or ungraded notes as the owner was grading and selling notes at the same time. I still find it hard to believe that ungraded note sellers on Ebay

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

11/22/2017

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10/28/2018

 

ADDING – ONES in OCTOBER 2018 - IS IT’S TIME TO ADD BEP SHEET NOTES TO REGISTRY SETS

At this time the BEP SSFRN sheet notes are not part of the Registry sets of notes and are not part of the scoring system, but the sheet notes are listed in all are part of the some of the existing one dollar sets at this time. I have ask that the BEP sheet notes be added for all sets or as a stand-a-loan sets. All of the information is listed on the US Paper Money Website for $1 thru $100 notes with all the serial number listed. The Registry list Disney Dollars as part of sets, but this is not c

STEVE R

STEVE R

10/14/2018

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10/18/2018

ADDING – ONES in June 2018   -  THE  BEP CLOSING OUT THE SERIES OF 2013 ONE DOLLAR D AND J STAR NOTES

ADDING – ONES in June 2018 - THE BEP CLOSING OUT THE SERIES OF 2013 ONE DOLLAR D AND J STAR NOTES

SSFRN – THEY ARE ONE DOLLARS 2013 D AND J STAR NOTES The last two one dollar star notes to be added to the $1 Federal Reserve Note – District Set with Stars and Varieties, master set are the 2013 D star block with two runs totaling 3,450,000 as a normal run and the 2013 J star block with only 250,000 notes printed making this a rare note. All the information is on uspapermoney.com and in BEP mouthy production data. The note were added to the MASTER ONE DOLLAR SET.

STEVE R

STEVE R

06/20/2018

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06/27/2018

 

ADDING – ONES in May 2018 – CLOSING OUT THE 2013 SERIES NOTES, AN NEW 2017 SERIES

BEP NEW RUNS - ONE thru HUNDRED DOLLARS NOTES with STARS – NO WOMAN ON THE TWENTY DOLLARS BILL The closing out of the 2013 series notes, the first printing were in November 2013, could be change out within the next two years with the changing of the existing Treasurer of the United States or the Secretary of the Treasury, the year could be as soon as 2017 or 2020 with the printing delay with the new series notes. The 2013 notes came in under the presidency of Barack Obama’s under his second

STEVE R

STEVE R

05/15/2018

 

ADDING – ONES in MAY 2018 - UPDATING THE SCORING SYSTEM

UPDATING THE SCORING SYSTEM and CORRECTING THE SETS FOR MULES AND BACK PLATE ERROR NOTES   I am very happy to see the Registry adding and updating the scoring system and also being proactive in adding the new series of 2017 notes as the information is issue by BEP and other website for the notes that have been printed. In this way a collector can see what notes that have been printed an issue by BEP and can picked up a new note as a bank note fine. They also have update the sets with m

STEVE R

STEVE R

04/30/2018