Paper money serial numbers attract collectors: Buzz
- Published: Dec 18, 2015, 10 AM
1. Colbert's spoof brings attention to 'fancy' serial numbers
The term "notaphilists" is not widely known or used, but it recently gained some attention outside of the collector community.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that one of America's most niche hobbies still has enthusiasts (notaphilists, or paper money collectors) hunting for that unique serial number on their note. Humorist Stephen Colbert also examined the collecting speciality, though with his trademarked sense of humor.
Quoting from the Wall Street Journal: “ 'I thought the Colbert bit was funny, even though it’s always a little painful to have people mock your hobby,' says Dave Undis, a longtime fancy-serial enthusiast who has written about the hobby and runs CoolSerialNumbers.com, a website dedicated to fancy bank notes.
“ 'People see stuff like that and they start looking in their wallets and start thinking they’re going to get rich,' says the 61-year-old Mr. Undis, a retired insurance executive in Nashville, Tenn."
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