Someone seems to have jumped the gun. The Bureau of Engraving and
Printing told Coin World in August that the first of the
long-sequestered Series 2013 $100 notes would start circulating in
2018. It may then be something of a surprise, at least to the BEP,
that collector Ira Zuckerman bought one from the APD Currency website
on Sept. 1.
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Alex Delatola of APD Currency in Pittstown, New Jersey, confirmed
the purchase of the $100 note, which was listed on his website for
$250. Delatola said he bought it at the end of August from a person
who worked at a Chase bank in Manhattan who saw his ad on the
Internet. It is from the New York Federal Reserve district with the
serial number MB44713229A, and was the only 2013 note mixed in with a
consecutive run of Series 2009 $100 notes.
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Based on the BEP Monthly Production Reports, this note was printed
at the BEP’s Western Facility in Fort Worth, Texas, during January 2015.
Adding to the confusion, Vladimir Buravlev, a Coin World
reader who says he lives in Kyrgyzstan, reports seeing them
circulating in that former Soviet republic in central Asia. He sent a
scan of a note with serial number MB63093058B, which was printed in
Perhaps this puts an end to the rumors that none of the Series 2013
$100 notes had been seen since their initial printing over two years
ago because they were sent to Iran as part of the hostage deal in
2016. Series 2013 $100 bills have been printed for the New York,
Atlanta, and San Francisco districts, along with star notes for the
New York and San Francisco banks.
BEP officials would not comment to provide an explanation for the
delay in releasing the Series 2013 notes, but speculation is that a
decision was made not to confuse the marketplace so soon after the
release of the Series 2009 and 2009A $100 Federal Reserve notes.
According to Federal Reserve policy, notes are released as needed by
individual banks, and the 2013 bills would not be delivered to
commercial banks until all supplies the Series 2009 and 2009A notes