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Question by candy
Submitted on 7/9/2003
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What is the worth of a $5 bill printed in red ink?  Someone I know is convinced that it is worth $1000.

Answer by David Cary
Submitted on 7/12/2003
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A few times I accidentally ran my billfold through the washing machine.

Once when I pulled it out, the ink on one of the bills had turned yellow.

Naturally when I was touring Washington DC
I asked the tour guide, and he said it must be a counterfeit printed with mixed cyan and yellow (to make green), and only the yellow ink was waterproof. The green areas of true U.S. currency are printed only with true green ink.

If your entire bill is red, then I'm guessing it is counterfeit.

On the other hand, if just the seal is read, it may be genuine U.S. currency

Some "red seal" $5 bills are selling for $10 to $15 at yahoo now.



Answer by Pete
Submitted on 7/15/2003
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The only $5 small size US notes which are printed with red seal and red serial number and in circulated grades are the 1928A star note and the 1928D star note these are the only two that command more than $1000 in price.


Answer by lee
Submitted on 1/19/2004
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Why does my $5 note have a red seal?
United States Notes contain red seals, and were last printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1968. The Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act, Public Law 103-325, codified at 31 U.S.C. 5119(b)(2), enacted in September 1994, amended 31 U.S.C. by canceling the requirement to reissue these notes when they are redeemed.

If genuine and in good condition, United States Notes may be of interest to collectors. The names and addresses of collectors and dealers are usually listed in the classified section of the telephone directory under the headings of "Coins" and "Hobbies."

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Answer by summercotton
Submitted on 8/24/2005
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I, also, have had a $5 bill printed in red ink.  I went to a couple of local banks and no one knew what it was.  So, in a desperate time I spent it. I was very young then.  I have searched and searched and can't find any information on what it was, and I kick myself for not keeping it. If anyone can tell me what it was I would greatly appreciate it, and I'm not so sure I want to know if it was worth $1000.


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