Readers Ask column from Dec. 19, 2016, Weekly issue of
From time to time,
World receives inquiries from readers and other collectors
about the appearance in circulation of $1 Federal Reserve notes
bearing a stamped message in red ink referencing WheresGeorge.com. I’ve come across such notes on
several occasions, the most recent on Oct. 14 at the local
McDonald’s restaurant in Sidney, Ohio. For our print readers who
can’t access the website to learn what "Where’s George?"
is all about, we offer an explanation.
Multiple email inquiries
Hank Eskin began Where’s George? on Dec. 23, 1998, as a
one-man operation, and it continues today as a solo venture.
Eskin introduced the site simply for fun, as he explains on the
website: “Where’s George? was not created to make money or collect
email addresses or anything like that. It was created to simply allow
people to track their currency as it circulates around the country and
around the world. The funds generated from the banner ads and the
Friends program go to help pay for the hardware, software, and
bandwidth it takes to keep the site running. The point is to have fun
tracking your dollar bills and interacting with thousands of other fun
and interesting people here at Where’s George?”
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The basic program costs nothing for users to participate. The
Friends of Where’s George program provides enhanced features for a
Where’s George? used to offer for sale rubber stamps with which
users could stamp notes, but it no longer offers the rubber stamps.
The stamps new participants use are custom made and vary.
The website reveals that the Series 2013 $1 FRN I received in change
from my McDonald’s purchase entered circulation as a Crisp
Uncirculated note May 6, 2016, in Collierville, Tenn., from a $100
strap of notes acquired from First Citizens National Bank in Collierville.
My posting was the first on WheresGeorge.com since the note entered
circulation. It’s not known where else the note traveled before
reaching Sidney, but the website tracks that, from the Collierville
entry point, the note took 161 days, 4 hours and 52 minutes to travel
the roughly 471 miles to Sidney, an average of 2.9 miles per day.