Fancy Seeing You Here

Posted on 9/17/2013

Fancy serial number pedigrees are available for notes that qualify.

We have been seeing a lot of different kinds of fancy serial numbers lately. They are pouring in from all over the world. So I decided to take some time to describe the different kinds of fancy serial numbers that we recognize. I will also give a quick definition of each one to help you understand what they are.

Serial Number 1 through 9
Simply a serial number that is one of the first nine notes printed.

Solid Serial Numbers
Where that entire S/N is all the same number. In Asia 8’s are lucky and can command a premium.

Ascending and Descending Ladder Serial Numbers
This is where the serial number will increase from low to high (ascending) or high to low (descending). The zero can be used as low and high.

Radar Serial Number
A serial number that reads the same forwards as it does backwards.

Rotator Serial Number
A serial number that doesn’t change if read upside down. The only numbers that can be used are: 0s, 1s, 6s, 8s, and 9s.

Binary Serial Number
As the name suggests these serial numbers can only contain 1s and 0s.

Repeater Serial Number
This serial number will repeat. It doesn’t matter how many digits are used as long as the whole series of numbers repeats.

Million Serial Number
A serial number with a digit 1 through 10 followed by six zeros.

There are even more special fancy serial numbers where you can use any combination of the above in one s/n. For example you can have a Radar-Repeater-Rotator Serial Number (I.E.: 808808) this would read the same left to right and the same right side up and upside down. This isn’t the only type of combination, there are many more.

These types of pedigrees really change how you can collect a certain country or denomination and adds enjoyment to the hobby. So the next time you get change or take money out of the ATM look down and check those serial numbers - you just might have found something fancy.

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