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H23 BB00934850 * ...my $100 'star note'

Today I realized that I had among my savings a $100 dollar note that has no serial suffix letter...!!!

 

To add to the mystery it has an H23 on bottom right of Franklin! (Ha, looked like a note made for me: a galactic sign -star- and the 23! |-).... [edit :: And the "B" preffix means it was issued by the New York Reserve Bank! I´m utterly impressed ]

 

Had to check online to know what was this "star" replacing the serial suffix letter about!!!

 

I found out that these bills are quite a rarity...

 

On the Bureau of Engraving and Printing website says the following:

( www.moneyfactory.gov/document.cfm/18/121 )

 

"Overprinting

 

"A letterpress overprints with black ink the Federal Reserve District seal and its corresponding number designation. It then overprints the Treasury seal and serial numbers in green ink. Two guillotine cutters slice the notes into two note units (100 sheets at a time) and finally into single stacks of one-hundred notes. The units of 100 notes are banded and packaged into "bricks" containing 40 units; each "brick" contains 4,000 notes. The bricks are distributed to one of the twelve Federal Reserve Districts, which issue the notes to local banks. If a finished note is found to be imperfect after it has been overprinted, it is replaced with a "star note". In design, star notes are exactly like the notes they replace, but they can carry an independent series of serial numbers. The star appears after the serial number in place of the suffix letter on Federal Reserve notes. The serial number of the imperfect note is not used again in the same number sequence."

 

Is it common to find wildcards like these daily on the US or is this a real oddity? More info on this I will appreciate. Thanks! =)

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Uploaded on February 12, 2007