I found a $20 bill that has sequential serial numbers 66 77 88 99.
Is this bill worth more than $20?
Rick Laughridge / from Facebook
First thing — good eye!
Not everyone even notices serial numbers on Federal Reserve notes, so that’s an advantage to being a collector.
Serial numbers are in two places on all Federal Reserve notes, and on a note, the same eight-digit sequence should appear in both places.
What you have falls into the category of what collectors refer to as “fancy” notes and, more specifically, it is a “repeater” note. This serial number repeats digits in pairs.
Fancy notes feature rare and interesting arrangements of serial numbers:
- Solid serial numbers.
- Repeating digits, like 77755588.
- Low serial numbers, 2 through 100.
- Numbers reading the same forward as backward, or “radar” notes.
- Full or partial “ladder” notes, with serial numbers like 12345678 or 87654321.
The Series 1924E $1 Federal Reserve note illustrating this column is an example of what collectors call a “fancy” serial number. It sold for $35 in an Aug. 26, 2014, Heritage Auction.
The note also happens to be a replacement or “star” note because a star symbol is in place of the letter at the end of the serial number.
Star notes are from sheets of replacement notes that are prepared for when a printing error or damage is discovered on a sheet during inspection at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Star notes are more scarce than normal notes because they are printed in smaller quantities than regular notes.