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Gallery 4, MODERN PAPER MONEY USA
Modern Currency USA.
Post-1928 small size notes
Pop 3, None Better
This is a modern $2 bill. The features are mainly 1) the grade, 68 [quite high], 2) population, 3) and none better and 4) Binary Serial Number (#) 00001000, Exceptional Paper Quality (EPQ) & 5) a star note. Quite a find.
Star note means the mint found an error and reprinted the note.
I'll put a picture of the reverse on for this one, and until this goes, I will not put reverse pictures of other 2's unless it's remarkable.
THE TAYLOR FAMILY COLLECTION
The Taylor Family collection story is deep and wide-ranging.
I can only suggest that [if you're not familiar with them] you go to the internet and learn where these notes come from. I think you'll quickly see why they are so valuable for many reasons,
1) great grades, 2) Older series notes, 3) all the same serial #, 4) low and even serial #'s 00003800, 5) nice selection of notes, $5, $10, & $20.
6) and mostly from the Taylor Family. Perfect pedigree.
The notes below are from the Taylor Collection, verified by PMG.
A little About Taylors
Throughout her life, Lillian Gary Taylor kept careful records of nearly everything—from her experiences traveling in Europe to her extensive collection of best-selling American fiction. Her various and diverse records include Memories, her five-volume autobiography; her Collecting Journals, in which she tracked her literary acquisitions; and her correspondence regarding her collection. These documents not only provide insight into Lillian’s personal life but also reveal important facets of American life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Both Memories and Lillian’s Collecting Journals are eclectic and fascinating documents. Memories consist of five hand-written volumes, recounting Lillian’s life from early childhood memories through her experience of traveling in Austria during the outbreak of World War I. She writes of such fascinating experiences as meeting the Greely Arctic Expedition; acting as her father’s hostess in Washington, D.C., while he was Postmaster General for President McKinley; and watching the construction of the Panama Canal in 1912. Also inserted in Memories are photographs, menu cards, letters, and illustrations drawn by Lillian. Her stories and the inserted documents open a window into high-society life in Baltimore, New York City, and Europe at the turn of the century.
Lillian’s Collecting Journals record and elaborate on her collection of best-selling American fiction. The collection originally included over 1900 volumes published between 1787 and 1945 and was donated to the University of Virginia in 1945. While the collection itself has continued to grow through the Robert Coleman Taylor Endowment, Lillian’s Collecting Journals include entries for bestsellers from 1787 through 1947. Through these journals, Lillian documents reading trends in her lifetime as well as in the Early Republic. For each book, she would meticulously hand-copy the title page, and record the volume’s condition, provenance, worth, and any other information she could add, such as reviews and sales. Through these documentary concerns, Lillian reveals what interested readers from the late eighteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.
This profusely illustrated auction catalog for The Taylor Family Collection, Heritage Signature Auction, conducted on February 18-19, 2005 in Dallas, TX, is accompanied by a complete list of the prices realized for each item sold. A valuable reference, which makes interesting reading for hobbyists and researchers. Just the book showing you what was available was $258.00
This three-note set is available now for $4700.00
A while back, Heritage estimated it at $5000.00, but since said not that much.
Federal Reserve notes
Each Federal Reserve note includes identifiers that provide information about the note, such as designating the year in which the note’s design was approved.
A unique combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note. Each note has a unique serial number. The first letter of the serial number corresponds to the series year.
A “star” suffix is used to identify notes that serve as replacements during the production process. If you'd like to learn more about the U.S. currency production process, please visit https://www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrency/howmoneyismade.html.
The series year indicates the year in which a new design was approved by the Secretary of the Treasury or the year in which the signature of a new secretary or treasurer was incorporated into the design. Capital letters following the series year appear when there is a significant change in the note's appearance.
For denominations $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100, the note has a letter and number designation that corresponds to one of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks. The letter of each indicator matches the second letter of the serial number on the note
For denominations $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100, the note position letter and number indicates in which position on a plate a note was printed. It is a combination of one letter and one number and can be found on the front of the note.
For denominations $1 and $2, the note includes a seal that identifies one of the 12 Federal Reserve banks. And usually the name of the bank within the seal.
In 2014, the BEP (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) began printing $1 notes on 50-subject sheets. For these larger sheets, the note position is identified by columns and rows rather than by quadrants. Note position identifiers on the 50-subject sheet range from A1 – J5.
To familiarize yourself with these nuances, go to https://www.uscurrency.gov/denominations/bank-note-identifiers
You will have to copy and paste this URL above.
There are 12 financial districts in our countries financial system. Each district is designated with a letter A - L.
A look at the seal with the Captial letter in the middle will tell you the district.
For the notes without the 'seal letter' look for the letter designation in the upper left corner just under the serial #. For quick ID of those notes without the letter designation in the seal, e.g., look for a number to the left of the seal, and you can find a number corresponding to the district.
Some older notes have the district # and no city designation. Stick with me, you'll see. First, though, I'm just going to show what's available today, and you will learn slowly about district identification.
INDICATOR & BANK
A1 Boston, E5 Richmond, I9 Minneapolis,
B2 New York City, F6 Atlanta, J10 Kansas City, MO.,
C3 Philadelphia, G7 Chicago, K11 Dallas,
D4 Cleveland, H8 St. Louis, L12 San Francisco.
Double District Set 24 Notes
NOTE: If any of these pictures aren't big enough, let me know through the contact page, and I'll redo them or send them to your email.
Double District Set. Binary 24 notes, All have same serial#'s, Old and new $10s
This set has 5 finest known notes.
Do you comprehend what that means? Simply put, five of these notes in the double district set have no equal.
It's one thing to have one finest known coin or currency note in your collection but FIVE.
Yes, this simply means that no one on the planet can have a set of notes equal to yours. Because there are none graded higher than five of these. I will list the populations and how many better and all the numbers, but in the end, this is the epitome of modern small size U.S. notes.
DOUBLE DISTRICT $10's 24 NOTES WITH THE SAME SERIAL NUMBERS
Now even though the BEP put out many of these sets for collectors, it is my considered opinion that few, if any collectors put this 24 note set together, had it graded and offered it to the public. Therefore, I can categorically state that this is likely the only set like this available in the entire world today.
Due to the population numbers, ONLY one such as this can exist.
The sets were offered years apart and the likelihood that another person put 2 & 2 together and came up with this set.
I know for sure that folks love to show and tell, and when doing that, these notes which are not protected get degraded with each handling. The populations for these have not risen for a long time so I am quite sure there will not be more.
I wish I could guarantee that for you.
Double District Set, Binary 24 notes, All have same serial #'s, Old and new $10s
This Double District Set is quite unique in the endeavor of collecting banknotes (Paper Money) in that it is not an individual note but a rare collection of 24 interrelated, connecting notes which have ties and bonds which are unbreakable. Just knowing this set exists is an event to astonish the most intelligent & knowledgeable collector.
I'll just start with the pictures, and end with the full description,
District Set $10 FRN's New style
For the 2nd half of this 24 note set, I will put a reverse picture for the first one, and for ease of purpose, will not repeat others as they are pretty much clones. At the end of the next 12 notes, I will post the populations and related information. If you need to see the reverse of one, let me know through the contact page.
The Double District Set by the numbers...
Did I mention they all have the same serial numbers?
99999499 Yup, 24 99999499 you got it!
Many top pops, many finest known notes
Let's start by being clear what is important in currency (and coin) investments. It's really the golden fleece, the end of the rainbow pot of gold and so on and so forth.
The rarer an item is, the harder it is to put in your collection. Usually, PRICE is a huge determinant as to whether one can obtain an item of true rarity. With these NOTES, it's all about availability. If there are many of something, say a Gold American Eagle, there can be literally thousands of "Top Pops" which simply means can't get better but also means there can be many 70's but since the grading ceiling is 70, and the mintage can be in millions, ergo, there can be many 'top pops' of an item which there is of many coin and currency items.
BUT, Where there are many of an item, but when you apply other criteria to the item(s), then there might just be a one of a kind item.
Those are the Holy Grails of collecting.
Allow me to describe these 'holy grails'.
With coins and currency, we need to understand, again, that the best one can be is a 70 condition. The older the items are, the less chance of being in perfect condition, even after restoration.
So, that being said, for a piece of currency to be the best it must be the best of 'any other'. Only one can be the best and that champion is called by most professional collectors as
Meaning none equal and none better. That truly is the Holy Grail.
Look at it this way, at the Olympics, there are three places to sweat for, 1st, 2nd & 3rd. There cannot be 2 or more in 1st place, only one gold medal for one sport. Well, that's the same for coins and paper money.
The boogyman is someone who could come up with a similar item, (as no mint or engraver has made one of a coin or note) therefore you do have competition. For instance, when I bought my 1907 $2.5 Proof 68 with a *, it was the only one, since then I was presented more recently with the facts that 3 other people decided to go for it, and my pop 1, (not finest known) became a pop 4 now. I think it is really a POP 2 because NGC doesn't recognize their star as a 'grade', just a designation of great eye appeal. I lobby for a separate grade.
So..., When I designate a note as "POP ONE, NB [NB= none better] I could also use 'FINEST KNOWN'.
AND when I use 'TOP POP' all by itself, it means, or could mean that the item has brothers and sisters, which means there can be more of that item in the same grade but none better.
I like to also give the searcher info about how many there are equal to or better than an item. You see, the closer to 'Finest Known' you can get, the better and more valuable your item/collection becomes.
A few abbreviations to make us move on quicker. EPQ = Exceptional Paper Quality, UNC = uncirculated,
OK, below I list the 12 Notes in the 'New Half" of the 24 note set.
Note A1 - 67 EPQ [ Exceptional Paper Quality, Superb Gem Uncirculated. Pop 5, 1 better in 68
Note B2 - POP 1 NONE BETTER = FINEST KNOWN <-----You realize of course if this set has even just ONE finest known, then the set* also is FINEST KNOWN. with this note. we've won the game!
C3 - POP 1 NB FINEST KNOWN <<<<<---- SEE THAT?
D4 - Pop 66 3 better in 67 (how'd that get in here?)
E5 - Pop 3 NB not bad
F6 - POP 1 AGAIN!!! WOW FINEST KNOWN, Closest one is in 25 grade... That's three pop 1's right, count 'em, keep me honest.
G7 - Pop 2, aw gee, anyway, it's a TOP POP, none better. See how that works?
H8 - ANOTHER POP 1 NB & FINEST KNOWN, OH SLOW ME DOWN!!!
I9 - POP 4, 2 better in 66
J10 - POP 1 YEAH, ANOTHER FINEST KNOWN, LA LA LA
K11 - It's a pop 1, but 1 better in 66... pout whimper...
L12 - pop 18 2 better - in 66
I categorically state, that there is EXTREMELY unlikely a set of these anywhere in the world. PERIOD
It's one thing to have a stand-alone finest known in ANYTHING, but to have, certified, 11 top pops in a collection but in addition to having 6 FINEST KNOWNS along with it, making a total of 16 top pops if you go back and count 'em.
Some could argue that this 24 note set is really two 12 note sets, that's okay, but then we need a finest known in the first half right? NO! Because this is a 24 note set. Try to buy it in parts. I don't think the owner would separate any parts. And I'm the owner. :^)
IT GETS BETTER, LOOK FOR THE TREASURE.
BINARY SERIAL NUMBER SET WITH FANCY SERIAL #
These 12 notes are a district set, meaning 1 note from each financial district.
This set has many features which make it perhaps one of the most desirable currency collections of the modern world. A distant perhaps of 12 similar notes both ancient and modern. That decision is for the collector looking at this set.
Being that you probably looked through the above 24 note set, I'm gonna make it easy on us both and get right to it, then the pictures.
This set has: 6 FINEST KNOWN NOTES AND ONE TOP POP (= 7 TOP POPS)
So feast your eyes, the features are:
1) These notes all have the same serial #,
2) It is a Binary Serial # 00001111 <--- Wow, need 2 or three computer geeks bidding on these!
3) All notes grade 63 or 64.
4) All notes are choice uncirculated
5) All notes are EPQ (Exceptional Paper Quality)
6) not one of these notes have a population over 9, so there could be 9 sets, but NONE as high as this
This set is one of the very few FINEST KNOWN District sets.
BTW FYI I had these graded as were all of these sets.
The notes are below, have fun.
So, what do we have here? Above is another amazing set.
1999 $5's District Set, Binary Serial Numbers, and who could ask for a better combo for a binary set? 00001111 (pretty neato huh?) (all the same on each note of course), great grades, AND - Due to the fact there is at LEAST one FINEST KNOWN note, here, that makes the whole set "FINEST KNOWN" doesn't it? Yes!
below are the stats... enjoy
Note A1- Pop 6, 5 better, 4 in 65, 1 in 6
To get ahead of myself, there are 7 POP 1's in this set!!! And a surprise, wow, 6 of the pop 1's are FINEST KNOWNS!
Note B2 - Pop 9 - 3 in 67, none better
C3 - pop 6, 3 better, 2 in 66 & 1 in 67
D4 - Pop 2, 3 better in 66
E5 - Pop 6, 4 better, 2 in 66 & 2 in 67
F6 - POP 1 (here we go) FINEST KNOWN, none equal and none better yahhh hooo!
Due to the fact that this Dist 6 is the ONLY one graded (as of this writing) this makes this the only one available anywhere in the world in any grade. There cannot be another set, especially with this serial number
G7 - Pop 1, FINEST KNOWN, NONE BETTER NONE EQUAL AGAIN. pant wheeze
H8 - Pop 1, FINEST KNOWN, NONE BETTER NONE EQUAL AGAIN. pant wheeze (makes it easy to edit, just copy and paste. LOL)
I9 - Pop 1, FINEST KNOWN, NONE BETTER NONE EQUAL AGAIN. pant wheeze (makes it easy to edit, just copy and paste. LOL)
J10 - Pop 1, FINEST KNOWN, NONE BETTER NONE EQUAL AGAIN. pant wheeze (makes it easy to edit, just copy and paste. LOL)
K11 - Pop 1, but two better, (how'd that get in here?)
L12 - Pop 1, FINEST KNOWN, NONE BETTER NONE EQUAL AGAIN. What a line-up!
and ONLY $4,999.00
A set that combining all of its attributes makes up an amazing collection for which will be the fun part of owning a currency collection. Rare with the combination of items of the Serial Number, Courtesy Autograph, A star note, AND one from each district.
There were 2000 sets of these made up by the BEP and, well, that was 17 years ago and there will not likely be any more of these come to grading.
It's unique mainly due to the courtesy pedigree, signed by the Treasurer of the United States, Pearson Marin. Which is, I may add, is the signature on the note from the BEP. That gives it a pedigree that none other could have making it very special.
Again, here, the reverse of the notes are basically the same as the grades are 63 - 66. I will include, one reverse portrayal. After the pictures, I will paragraph the numbers. Although it is a TOP POP set, it is not Finest Known as plate 3 is a pop 4,a and 12 is a pop 6 with none better. Good enough.
Enjoy the pictures.
JUST THE FACTS MA'AM
One needs yet to go to the PMG stats to confirm all these numbers which are, kind of startling as they unfold in this final modern set for now. There are ONLY 6 of these sets as the District L, San Francisco mint only has 6 of these notes with the same grade, 66, and none higher. So that's the modifier which makes this one of 6 TOP POP sets that could exist in the world like this. NONE BETTER.
Not bad for a country boy, huh?
$2 Consecutive notes with star (4 notes)
Serial Numbers low too. 00002167 *, grade 66, 00002168 *, 00002169 *, And 00002170* Nice Starter Set.
N E X T
FEAST YOUR EYES...
$2,999.00 plus [global] shipping
$2 2003 DISTRICT SET
SERIAL # 00000082*
Note: In the interests of time and space-saving, I am not going to show the reverse of each of these 2's. There is nothing remarkable so...
This set just in from PMG grading...
Very happy with the UNC + grades and if they weren't a little off on the cutting of the margins, (which was done at the BEP of course) they would be, IMHO, 69's or 70's. So great images to follow below. Enjoy and thanks for looking.
So, there you have it. One of the finest $2 District Sets Available at a low discounted price. Considering all the factors, this is a great investment, All Star Notes, all the same serial number, low serial number and graded by the best there is, PMG (Professional Money Graders) the choice of ANA and Whitman's
Four note set, consecutive serial numbers, great grades and star notes
A great starter set, with a low and consecutive serial number configuration. Many collectors like low numbers, but adding 4 consecutive notes, and adding another great collectible feature, is the STAR designation, and lastly great grades. Mostly any grade, 60 and above (Uncirculated) is a good find. PMG has been grading notes for while but it's still a relatively new business for collectors so snagging these at this low price is a 'find'.
Only $155 for each note (X4 of course, can't break up a nice set like this). ONLY $620.00 for the set and I'll pay the shipping to your home.
The next block coming up, are single notes for your perusal. Great finds at a low price to enhance or begin a collection.