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    DOLLARS TO DONUTS

         I have been collecting coins for about 62 years.  Six years ago I began looking at currency as many coin dealers had both coins and currencies.

         I first became interested in currency when I inspected (for the first real-time) the reverse of the $2 bill.  The closer I inspected it, the more amazed I became in the ‘art’ of engraving.  All those people on the reverse of the $2 gave amazement to me that someone poured over an engraving plate with a jeweler’s loop and turned out a work of art rivaling any of the oil, watercolor and canvas artists.  In fact, after going to myriad art shows and auctions, I believe the ‘two’ could be one of the greatest works of man.

         Then I look at some of the tapestries, Sistine Chapel in Rome and I am also amazed at the talent involved there.

         So, being that coins have been my ‘thing’ for so many years, and I don’t like having a van follow me to shows, I decided to stick with coins and add a few currency items to broaden my horizons.

         I am a member of several coin, currency and collectible clubs and am not a real good member, because I don’t attend the meetings and activities as a good member should, but I started while earning a living and now that I’m retired, I am loathe to change my ways.

    BUT…, I do intend to continue my knowledge base and will, when possible share certain gems with you as I have time and deem them interesting.  Soooo…. To start this journal: 

     

          I began my currency experience at the FUN Show in Orlando about 6 years ago, when my table mate had a client come up and had a fistful of CGA notes.  He wanted my mate to see if any were worth crossing over to PCGS.  Well, he had quite a collection and at the show, PCGS would have them back the next day and so we did it. 

          At that time, it was about $20 to cross one note and like I said, he had a lot of them. Neither he nor my mate had the cash on hand, so I handed over a stack of $100’s,(more than I like to think) and the next morning they were on our table, and a few hours later, the table was besieged by collectors and by the time we went home that Sunday, the table was cleaned out of currency while my coins held a distant 2nd.   

          My table was the 2nd most successful table at the show, all the others were tied for 1st. 

          So, before we closed out the show, the client, my mate and I agreed to meet about a week later and see what the client had to sell. 

          To make a long story short, I bought 89 pieces (all in CGA label) [knowing at that time, the CGA label were stinkers), I carefully looked through them and was enthralled with the fancy serial #’s and in fact, for the most part, what appeared to be desirable and collectible.  (evan though they were mostly modern items.) 

          I had these notes for a time, and nothing moved as all were concerned about the CGA label.  

          So, with that being said, I deemed it necessary, if I were to get any ‘action’ on my inventory, I needed to cross to PMG or PCGS.

          For no good reason, I leaned towards NGC for my coins, and that led me to PMG for currency.

          That led me to my first real study of currency because being that it costs around $20 to grade one, [plus expenses such as mail, insurance and other charges which allows the Post Office and NGC to have such beautiful buildings].

          I then went to the books and references to ascertain which were worth grading, and which were better off holding in CGA. 

          Of the 89 items, 60 odd were worth cross grading and so I did.  As expected, the CGA items dropped 1 or two grades, (never 3 or more) so I did pretty good. 

          I am reticent at putting these up for sale, and I have great fun showing these at various venues for coin and currency clubs and shows. 

    What I am going to do with these will be the subject of my next journal.  But for now, I hope you enjoyed this one.

     

    Capt. Brian

  2. Sheik Sheck
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    If you want to really feel like your collection is small and futile, check out the Bebee collection at the ANA museum website. You can see just about any rarity you could hope for. DDR70... you will salivate at the high denomination, territorial NBN's. It's just an astounding collection! http://www.ana-museum.org

  3. One of the things I've always found interesting in the Zimbabwe series is that the first notes in the 3rd dollar series (from $1 to $1000) were released on Aug 1 2008 and the 4th dollar notes (from $1 to $500) were released just 5 months later in Jan 2009. But 1 4th dollar was worth 1 TRILLION 3rd dollars. So they couldn't have people confusing the two note series, which were circulating very much at the same time. It would not have been good if there was even a reasonable chance that someone might think one of the "old" 3rd dollar notes was a 4th dollar note. So, when you look at examples of each for the different denominations, you can see how hard they were trying to make sure there was not confusion.

    $20 notes...

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    $500 notes:..

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    I think the most striking thing for me is the coloring and the changes to where the denominations are, but, if you're paying attention at all, you're not going to mistake one for the other.

     

  4. Trump Disses "Harriet Tubman" reworked of the Twenty Dollars bills. The Secretary of Treasury Steve T. Mnuchin is correct when he says the reason for the delaying the long-planned reworked of the Twenty Dollars bill, is that he's got his hands full at this time is fighting counterfeiting. "The New York Times quoted senior Treasury officials as saying that  Mnuchin was worried that Trump might cancel the Tubman bill altogether, so he opted to avoid the inevitable outcry by delaying the release of the bill from next year to 2028". The release date was to be next year, on the 100th. anniversary of the constitutional amendment that acknowledge a woman's right to vote. The information above was in the LOS ANGELES TIME EDITORIAL section on Friday May 24, 2019 an on most of the TV news stations.

    As notes in May 2018 ADDING - ONES journal, as notes that the new twenty dollars note would not be issue as long as Trump is in office. This mean that for another eight years, the MINI hall of fame that is the nation's paper currency will continue to be exclusively WHITE and exclusively MALE.

    Added on June 6, 2019 - Why not the Native Americans on most of the existing currency, which is most part of the Western existing states. Is this the time to look at new redesigns of all the existing Currency series starting with the Twenty Dollars and then One Dollar thru the Hundred Dollars notes entering the twenty first century? Not just adding a Black or White women but also all the Native Americans, shut as  the American Indian, Eskimo, Hawaiian and the Mexicans American that were added with the area that Mexico ceded to the United States in 1848, the cession consisted of present-day U.S. state it's California, Nevada, Utah, most of Arizona, about half of New Mexico, about a quarter of Colorado and a small section of Wyoming. Also during this same time add Porto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Inlands. We have updated are flag with fifty states, why not the currency to cover all of the people. This could be part of new counterfeiting upgrade for both the front and back of the new small size Federal Reserve Notes series. The new currency could be infused the same way the Silver Certified were remove from circulation over a period of five or ten years.   

    Added on June 25, 2019 - "Statement from Bureau of Engraving and Printing Director Len Olijar, issue on June 14, 2019 - "The illustration published by the New York Times was a copy of an old Series note with the signatures of former officials, with a different image super-imposed on it. It   is not a new $20 note, as incorrectly stated by the New York Times, in any way, shape or form. The facsimile contained no security features or offset printing included on currency notes. There is nothing about that illustration that even begins to meet technical requirements for the next family of notes." You can see the full statement on BEP website.  

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  5. Marietta, OH The Central NB Ch. # 5212 VF+ $10 1902 PB Fr. 632 SN 27286 pp D/992 May 29, 1919. A number of Second Charter notes survive bearing the bank's original German NB title. The title was changed due to World War I with the second title "The Central NB" found on Third Charter notes and those notes are somewhat tough to find with prices reflecting this fact. This pristine Very Fine example has wide margins and nice embossing.

    Philadelphia, PA The Quaker City NB Ch. # 4050 Fine $10 1902 PB Fr. 626 SN 124088 pp I/992 May 30, 1909.  This $10 from the City of Brotherly Love is not too common a find.

    Notice that these two notes are both $10 plain backs and have the same back plate (bp) number of 992.  That shouldn't garner much interest except the plates that made these two backs are different!  Check out the insert of the two back plate numbers and it's fairly easy to see that the engraver(s) made these numbers differently.  I thought once a bp number was used, it would not be reused on another plate.  Am I wrong in that assumption?  I've illustrated that the bp number has a different position and style.  The different styles and positions are much more easily seen with a loop.  Sorry, I don't have a scope to take better pictures.  I also have heard that experts could distinguish different engravers by how they cut the designs (I think that was best done by examining plates). I look, but can see no differences in design elements. 

    The other oddity I notice on the front of the Marietta note is that the t's are not crossed in the scrpit version of 'Marietta, OHIO'.  This is on Marietta's D plate, but is true of $5s and other $10 plates, either with Lyons | Roberts signatures OR Teehee | Burke signatures (see Heritage's archives).  Now I have to get into charter dates for Marietta 5212 because this gets interesting (to me anyway :-).  Lyons | Roberts notes are dated Sept. 17, 1909 and the t in Sept. is also NOT crossed!  So, from 2d charter date of May 29, 1899, the name change (Value Backs dated Feb. 21, 1918 [sporting a scarce Friedberg number] and then PBs dated Sept. 17, 1909) and the required start of their new charter at the 20 year mark (May 29, 1899), the t's were not crossed.  I see the Citizen's NB of Marietta, Ch. # 4164 also doesn't have t's crossed.  I'm saddened to report that Marietta, PA, Ch. # 25, also didn't get it's t's crossed.

    So, who's t's are crossed?

    The First NB of Marietta, Ch. 142, the earliest of 5 banks calling Marietta, OH home, whose 3rd charter started Feb. 25, 1903 and notes issued with Lyons | Roberts signatures, have the t's crossed.  Note, the 'i' are dotted in all cases.  

    My conclusion is that clearly some bp numbers were reused AND there were engravers who would dot the i's, but not necessarily cross the t's!
     

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  6. HunterSS

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    Starting a small collection to pass the time.

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  7. Since its founding in 2005, PMG has been committed to the principles of accuracy, consistency and integrity. We are grateful for all of the collectors and dealers who have entrusted their notes to PMG. Thank you!

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  8. Ron Greene

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    I am a collector of all Baltimore MD small town notes.  With the exception of Charter 1413, I am buying all Charter Baltimore notes.  They should grade VF35 or better.  My only missing note in my collection is Charter 1432 which has 7 total in the inventory and last was in a public aucthion dated 2009.

     

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    Could some one please show how to get to the population list. Since that change, I can not fine any thing, I know it hear but ware to fine it. Thanks for your help. Don

     

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    Muhammed =]
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    Testing to see date/credentials when posted

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    How do you use the journals? hm

  10. Create Sets and Upload Images

    Finally figured out how to create images on the registry site. Now I am able to start searching for bills to match sets.

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    PICKED UP 4 $1 SILVER CERTIFICATES I AM NEW TO THIS AND IM HOPING I DIDNT GET RIPPED OFF HAHA

    GOT 3 1935 F SERIES BILLS SERIAL NUMBERS: U 040006581 I, Z 55232228 I, Z 76129511 I, AND A 1928 A SERIES, SER: F 52406831 B. NOW WHAT SHOULD I DO lol PLEASE IF ANYONE CAN GIVE ME A LITTLE INSIGHT ID BE FOREVER GRATEFUL.....SORRY ABOUT THE ALL CAPS MY KEYBOARD GOT WET. SEMPER FI!

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    what grade will it be.in process now.

    glad to see it back.

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    BEST Before Now Light Years ahead...

    By Far The Best 3rd party graded holders out there!

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  11. The 2013 Star notes had a run of 80,000 For the 2013 L star note. I came across these this week..... two packs of A, Boston FRB ..

    came across these this week, Will be placing one of them on ebay to test the waters... I have not seen any others yet.. but who knows how many are in the run as there is no Production numbers that I can find from the Federal Reserve (BEP). ??? There was an 80,000 run of 2013 L star notes, of course I want this First run of A stars to match that production number....

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  12. C S A $20.00 COUNTRFEIT NOTE's BY SAM UPHAM

    THIS IS PART OF MY C S A COUNTERFEIT NOTES MOSTLY $20.00. THESE NOTES HAVE A STORY BEHIND THEM AND THE MAN THE SOUTH PUT A BOUNTY ON . HE IS REPORTED TO HAVE PUT INTO CIRCULATION OVER 1 MILLION INTO THE SOUTHS ECONOMEY.HE HAD A DRUG STORE / stationary STORE.GOT PICTURE OF $5.00 NOTE IN NEWS PAPER AND STATED PRINTING THEM UP.SELLING THEM FOR 5CENTS SOLD OUT QUICK so he started buying bills and reproducing them sold to fast to keep up.people were going down south buying loads of cotton paying with counterfeit notes. the U S gov. went to sam stationary store but but to his surprise they were not there to arrest him. No they resupplied him with ink and paper. [true]before that he had printed his name and address on the bottom of notes. that his buyers would just trim it off. I have them with and with out name ,address. start of war c s a doll. was @ about .88 cents on dol. not bad. till sam's funny money brought it down. will try to upload photos ASP

    happy trails

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    Old Navy created the T-shirts "Young Aspiring Artist", but with the word "artist" crossed out, and substituted with other words such as "astronaut" and "president". The T-shirts triggered controversy and social media outcry.

    Old Navy created the T-shirts "Young Aspiring Artist", but with the word "artist" crossed out, and substituted with other words such as "astronaut" and "president". The T-shirts triggered controversy and social media outcry. People were complaining about the shirt shamming artists as a legitimate career choice. Old Navy apologized for the T-shirts and pulled them from its stores and issued a statement that it did not try to offend anyone on purpose. In my opinion the Old Navy did not offend anybody. The T-shirt merely reflected the current affairs of the art and the place of an artist in our contemporary times. I call the current situation "Hyperinflation of Arts".

    Hyperinflation in economy often occurs when there is a large increase in the money supply not supported by the product growth, resulting in an imbalance in the supply and demand for the money. Left unchecked this causes currency to lose its value. Rapid devaluation of the currency, and with it, hyperinflation, is devastating for the economy and it is very painful for the society.

    "Hyperinflation of Arts" started with Conceptual Art movement in the mid-1960. The movement completely rejected standard ideas and aesthetics of art. Many works of conceptual art, often called installations could be created by anyone. In the article "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art" Sol LeWill explains: "In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art."

    In music around the same time, the avant-garde movement developed. That movement in music challenged and critiqued existing aesthetic conventions, rejected existing status quo, and introduce new and unique elements to provoke or annoy the audience. Music, however, recovered from the influence of avant-garde movement, and moved on. Maybe because you can reject existing status quo all you want, but at the end of the day, you won't be able to play any music without music elements such as rhythm, harmony, dynamics, etc., or music theory. Yes, you will be able to go on stage and cut the piano in half to shock and annoy your audience, and you can declare that it was a music performance. Next time however, your audience is not going to show up to see it again, because it was interesting once (maybe).

    Music moved on, and avant-garde movement is just a movement in music history, however art never recovered from the conceptual art. Art is still under strong influence even now in the twenty first-century. We are still suffering from the belief that idea suffices as a work of art, and that concerns such as aesthetics, expression, skills are nothing, but the limitation to the boundaries of art. The boundaries were pushed very hard and are still being pushed. Institution such as museums and art galleries, and educational institutions are still forcing conceptual art as a main stream art, and any other styles of art suffered devaluation.

    The idea that you don't need any skills, or education, or talent, or anything else to become an artist was pretty much accepted. This notion opened the door for anybody who wanted to enter the art scene and declare themselves the artists. I personally witnessed ridiculous situation when someone without any degree was teaching in a major university. The university hired someone without any degree to teach the students who were actually pursuing the art degrees.

    I'm sure everybody is familiar with a tale by Hans Christian Andersen "The Emperor's New Clothes", about tailors who promise an emperor a new clothes that is invisible to those who are unqualified for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor paraded before his subjects in his "new clothes", no one dared to say that they don't see any clothes and the emperor is parading naked, until a child cried out, "But he is naked!"

    I cannot help but think of the Andersen's tale when I think about the art affairs in our contemporary times. The mainstream institutions still strongly insist that "Emperor" is wearing expensive and sophisticated clothes and those who are unable to see, are unqualified stupid and incompetent. I personally see that "Emperor" is naked, Old Navy sees it, so does everybody else. Conceptual art like avant-garde music was shocking, and appeared fresh in sixties, seventies, eighties... , but in our contemporary time it cannot pass as fresh, but quite opposite. It stinks...

    Because there are no boundaries to entry, the art scene is flooded with endless number of people who aspire to be the artists, but don't want to spend a lot of effort, time or money to produce the quality artwork. The product they produce is the product of no skill, and represents rejection of standard ideas and aesthetics of art by the conceptual art movement. Such products presents very little value, therefore the value of art has been deluded, and in return the place of an artist in the modern society slowly disappears. Like in economy, rapid devaluation of the currency, and with it, hyperinflation, is devastating for the economy and it is very painful for the society. Rapid devaluation of contemporary art is devastating for art, and painful for the society.

     

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    CHANGGUANGMING
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    The first note of Brasil.

    Banco Central Do Brasil

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  13. http://www.moneyfactorystore.gov/28888luckymoneysheet.aspx

    (First day of sale: November 18, 2015 -- 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time) In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Lucky Money Collection: the $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet.

    The $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet features an uncirculated Series 2009 $2 8-subject, uncut currency sheet with the serial numbers of all eight notes beginning with "8888." Each sheet is displayed in a decorative holder, capturing the significance of numerology and Chinese symbolism, and is protected by an acid-free, clear, polymer sleeve. This product is sold for $58.88 and only 16,888 will be available for sale.

    Bulk pricing is available for the $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet.

    Household quantity purchase limit restrictions of 250 units for the $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet will be imposed for the first week of release, November 18 -- 24, 2015. On November 25, 2015, household purchase restrictions will be waived.

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    Estate sale finds

    Collector, investor, interested in readily, first rate marketable coins discovered at estate sale, which are then sent for grading and placed for sale. Such as this gem...

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  15. Never felt so happy to get a 15

    Happily Surprised

    Sending notes in to be graded can be a real shoot.

    Sometimes lucky 7 comes up and sometimes you out.

    This time I was Happily Surprised, I was expecting this rare

    mule to come back a 10 or 12 net. It was like Christmas when

    I saw the 15 and no ugly comments. PMG has graded

    over 1 Million notes now, with a total of (2) 1935 Mules from the M-A block.

    My 1935 set is now 100% complete.

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  16. My QE II notes for Commemorative 60yrs, had collect endding serial number last 2 pcs and grading by PMG 66epq!! Just share for each other. Thank you

    rare and lucky to had the serial number QE60 150000 and 149999.

    refer PMG 6001833-048 and 6001833-047.

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    New to collecting.

    I started about 2 years ago, focusing on the State of North Carolina's obsolete Confederate currencies. Looking to learn from more experienced collectors.

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