The phrase “holiday shopping” means different things to different
For some, the first word that comes to mind is
“headache” because they have a person who-has-everything on their
fear, the first word that comes to the mind of a collector should be “opportunity
That means holiday shopping is an opportunity to introduce someone
to the endlessly customizable hobby of collecting paper money and
related paper objects.
Consider gifting items such as vignettes used on paper money, stock
certificates and bonds, or even consider gifting them with a bit of nostalgia.
For example, if your friend is a lover of all things Santa, consider
looking for vignettes of the jolly old elf, like the one that sold for
$431.25 in a January 2012 auction by Heritage Auctions. The vignette,
showing Santa Claus seated in a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer, is
the most frequently encountered of the Santa vignettes.
One of the most intriguing items for a noncollector to receive is an
uncut sheet of genuine Federal Reserve notes. The sheet introduces the
concept of how notes begin.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing offers uncut sheets of notes
for $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations of FRNs.
Customers can purchase four-subject sheets up to 32-subject sheets
for most denominations. Prices vary by number of notes in a sheet and
the denomination. For example, an uncut sheet of four $1 FRNs costs
$16.25, while a sheet of four $100 FRNs costs $488.
For more information about the types of uncut sheets available and
the prices, visit the BEP’s website and click on the Uncut Currency
button on the left side of the page.
Customers using credit cards can also call, toll free, 800-456-3408
to order the sheets.
Everybody sing along
Someone who was around when Mickey Mouse made his film debut in 1928
in “Steamboat Willie,” or just remembers singing the theme song from
The Mickey Mouse Club television show in the 1950s, will
likely enjoy Disney Dollars.
Disney Dollars are a form of private currency issued by the Disney
Co. for use at its theme parks and stores.
An especially nice one is the 2008 $1 Disney Dollar featuring a
portrait of the most-loved mouse on earth. The back shows progressive
designs of the mouse from 1928 to 2008, the year Mickey celebrated his
An example of the note sold for $26 Aug. 5, 2014, in a Heritage
Rich as Rockefeller
If you are not quite “as rich as Rockefeller” consider something
once owned by him — an 1882 stock certificate for the Standard Oil Co.
The company was founded in 1870 by Rockefeller and two partners. The
$5,000 stock certificate shown was issued to J.D. Rockefeller, and
also signed by him as president.
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