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How to Make Money with Star Notes

One of the coolest things you can collect when it comes to modern banknotes is "Star Notes." Star notes are special bills produced by the U.S. as replacements for bills that were damaged during the production process.


When the Bureau of Engraving and Printing replaces a damaged bank note, they represent that by printing a small star beside the serial number on the replacement note. Hence, "star notes!"



The value of a star note depends on the following criteria:

  1. Run size: How many bills were printed in the series. The lower the run size the better. Typically runs of fewer than 640,000 notes are considered "rare." From what I’ve found, the best way to determine the run size is to check out the star note lookup on MyCurrencyCollection. It will give you a lot of data about your bill just by entering its serial number.

  2. Condition: Like with all collectibles, the better the condition of the note, the more valuable it will be.

  3. Serial Number: If a star note also has a fancy serial number, it can be worth big bucks! Here are some examples of the more valuable types of fancy serial numbers:


  • Low numbers - ex. 00000001

  • High numbers - ex. 99999999

  • Repeaters - ex. 23232323

  • Solids - ex. 11111111

  • Binary - entire number consists of only two unique digits ex. 29992292

  • Ladders - ex. 12345678

  • Radars - palindromic numbers ex. 25644652


If you want to learn more about U.S.Banknotes, I highly recommend checking out this book.


So now you know what a star note is and how you can identify the rare ones, check out the video below to learn strategies for finding them in "the wild" and selling them for a profit!



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