Paper Money

Nostalgia heralds the holidays for paper money collectors

The phrase “holiday shopping” means different things to different people.

For some, the first word that comes to mind is “headache” because they have a person who-has-everything on their list.

But never 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.

Uncut currency

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 80th anniversary.

An example of the note sold for $26 Aug. 5, 2014, in a Heritage online sale.

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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