Misprinted U.S. Currency Bills in Circulation Could Be Worth a Fortune


Before you spend that $1 bill in your wallet, do a little research. You may be sitting on a lot more cash than you think. Coin and currency collectors in the US are willing to pay up to $150,000 in search of rare $1 bills with a particular printing error from the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Two batches of $1 bills were printed, one in 2014 and another in 2016, that feature this particular error, and the bills went into circulation before the mistake was found.

In November 2014, the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing sent a request to its Washington DC facility to print a batch of dollar bills. In July 2016, the exact same request was sent to the Fort Worth facility.

Over 6 Million Misprinted $1 Bills in Circulation

According to a video by Silverpicker, the error went unnoticed until a banknote collector found an anomaly in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s public documents.

How Was The Error Discovered?

If you are lucky enough to stumble across one of these $1 bills in your wallet, you are one step closer to cashing in. But the value of this particular misprint is in pairing it to the other bill with a matching serial number.

What To Do If You’re the Lucky Owner of One of the Misprinted Bills

There have been 37 complete pairs identified so far. However, the Zegers/Winograd Project was established to catalog all the bills found and facilitate buying or selling to create a matching pair, and over 10,000 bills were identified by the project listing the current owner and serial number.

In 2021, the collectors behind the Zegers/Winograd Project stepped down, and the effort was shut down. However, a new collector stepped up to help owners of misprinted star note bills find a matching pair. You can submit your serial number to Project 2013B and see if there is a match in the current database, which has grown to over 36,000 serial numbers.

Currency misprints of this magnitude are extremely rare, but the unique nature of the duplicated serial numbers makes these bills worth a small fortune to collectors. If you haven’t already, it’s time to check your wallet and see if you can turn $1 into $150,000 or more.

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