17 Bills in Your Wallet Worth More than Face Value

If you carry cash on a regular basis, there’s a good chance that at some point during the year you have bills in your wallet that are worth more than their stated face value. While most of these are probably worth only a few dollars more, some can be worth much, much more. It’s estimated that some of the new $100 bills coming out will be worth as much as $15,000 each for those lucky enough to find the bills with serial numbers that collectors covet.

A lot of people don’t realize that there are people who collect bills. For these collectors, it’s often the serial number on the bill which makes the bill valuable to them. What’s interesting is that collectors have a large number of different number patterns that they desire, and they’re willing to pay extra for these bills. The best part is that it costs you absolutely no money to do this. The bills that you have in your wallet as still worth their face value and can be spent or used on anything needed if they don’t have a serial number that collectors desire. By simply scanning the serial numbers of all the bills that you get throughout the year, you can likely make a bit of extra pocket money if you understand what the collectors are after. Below you will find seventeen types of bills that are worth more than their face value to collectors, and can be found in regularly circulated bills.

Low Numbers

serial number 1

By far the most popular type of bill that collectors want are bills with low serial numbers. Any bill with a serial number under 100 will almost always at least double the value of the bill, and sometimes make it worth much more. Collectors estimate that new $100 bills with low numbers could be worth several thousand dollars with the serial number 00000001 bill worth $15,000. Since bills are created at twelve different facilities (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Richmond VA, St. Louis and San Francisco), there are twelve different bills with each of these numbers on them. Bills with numbers under 100 are highly sought, but collectors are still interested in numbers in the hundreds, and even into the thousands. The lower the number, the more valuable it becomes.

High Numbers

high serial number dollar bill

Much like the low numbers, there are also people who like to collect the high number serial bills. While this isn’t as popular as low number bills, it can actually be more difficult to find them. That’s because not every series of bills will reach the high numbers before they are changed meaning that there are less of them that ever make it into circulation. High number serial numbers such as 99999925 or 99999853 would be coveted by collectors. The higher the number, the more valuable it becomes.

Star Notes

star note serial number

In a perfect world, nothing would ever go wrong when printing money. Since we don’t live in a perfect world, issues do arise when bills are printed. When there is some type of printing error and bills need to be printed again, the way that they show this is by printing a star at the end of the bill’s serial number. Since printing errors don’t happen too often, notes with a star at the end of the serial number aren’t common, and this makes them sought after by collectors. These bills are officially known as “replacement notes,” but most collectors refer to them as “star bills” or “star notes.”


Another type of bill that many collectors like to have as part of their collection are ladder bills. Ladder notes are those where the serial number ascends or descends in order. An example of an ascending ladder bill would be one with a serial number 01234567 and an example of a descending ladder note would be 98765432. Ladder notes are rare and thus any one that you find would be worth much more than its face value to collectors. It’s also possible to have a note that has both ascending and descending numbers in the same note. While this isn’t a true ladder note, it is still considered part of the ladder family and there are people who collect them. An example of this would be 34565432

Since ladder bills are so rare, people also collect “near ladder” notes. These are bills where the numbers of the serial number is in a ladder sequence, but one or two aren’t. An example of this would be 51234567 or 98765430. These notes aren’t as valuable as ladder bills, but they are still worth more than the face value of the bill to collectors.


solid serial number bill

A solid note is one where the numbers are all the same for the serial number. An example of this would be a serial number of 22222222. Finding solid bills is quite rare and collectors would pay far more than face value for any that come available. Since solid notes are so rare, collectors also seek out near solid notes as well. These are bills that only have all the same number except for one digit. An example of this would be 77777797. With the near solid notes there are only two numbers in the serial number so all near solid notes are also binary notes.


super repeater serial number dollar bill

Another serial number that often attracts guys collectors is one that repeats the numbers in the serial number. These bills are called repeating notes or repeater notes. For example, a repeater note would be something like 48648648 or 78937893. If you can find a repeating two number bill, that is called a super repeater and is highly sought after. An example of a super repeater would be 63636363. If you find any bill that has repeating numbers constituting the serial number, it will be worth more than face value to collectors.

Binary & Trinary

Binary bills are those notes which have a serial number that consist of only two numbers. An example of a binary note would be 66766676. The numbers can be in any order within the serial number, and as long as there are only two different numbers it is considered a binary note. Due to the difficulty of finding binary notes, there is also demand from collectors for bills which have three different numbers in any combination. These are referred to as trinary notes, and while they’re not as valuable as binary notes, they’ll still be worth more than their face value to collectors.

True Binary

true binary dollar bill

While binary bills are highly collectible, the best of the best are bills that have only ones and zeros as part of their serial number. When a bill only has ones and zeros, it is referred to as a true binary note. These notes can go for much more than other binary notes because in addition to bill collectors, you also have many computer enthusiasts who have interests in these bills. An example of a true binary go would be 00011011.


A lot of people who collect bills look for bills that have special meaning to them as individuals. One of the more popular types of bills for people to collect are what are referred to as birthday notes. These are bills which have a year written somewhere within the serial number. The year usually has some special significance to the person who wants the bill such as the year they were born, the year that they have an anniversary, or a year that takes some other type of personal event of significance to them. An example of a birthday note would be 65819770 where 1977 might be a significant year to someone. Another would be 00198500 where the year 1985 is significant. While the year can be anywhere within the serial number for it to be considered a birthday note, if the year comes at the very end of the serial number, or is preceeded or surrounded by zeros on both sides, it is usually more desirable and therefore more valuable to collectors.

Full Date

An even more valuable bill for collectors and the birthday note are full date notes. These bills have serial numbers that depict a full date rather than just a year. For example, if you were born on October 22, 1967, a full date note would read 10221967. Any note that depicts a date in full that corresponds with a special event for someone will be extremely valuable to that person, and collectors can pay quite a bit to get hold of a full date note that depicts something special for them.


super radar serial number dollar bill

Radar bills are much like the word “radar” itself — they are bills where the serial number will read the same backwards as it does forward, just as radar reads the same both backward and forward. An example of a radar note would be 03688630 or 96255269. The serial number is the same both ways. radar notes that are all the same except for the two end numbers are referred to as super radars. An example of a super radar would be 38888883 and these are highly sought after by collectors.


Currency collectors are often also interested in double notes. These are bills that have the same number pair next to each other within the serial number of the bill. The most valuable of the double notes are the ones that have four distinct pairs of numbers. These are called quad doubles. An example of a quad double serial number would be 44775511 or 99003366. While the quad doubles are the most sough after, tri doubles are also valued by collectors such as 27007711, but especially if they are framed by zeros such as 07744990.

Double Quads

double quad serial number dollar bill

Another highly collectible bill are double quad notes. These are bills that have two sets of four of the same number. An example of this would be 44449999 or 66661111. While technically they are also a version of the quad doubles mentioned above, because they are significantly more difficult to find, they have their own name.


Consecutive notes are two (or more) bills where the serial numbers are consecutive in order. An example of consecutive bills would be two bills in your hand with one having the serial number 97350342 and the other having 97350343. It’s actually quite easy to attain consecutive notes, as many banks have them if you get any bill denomination in a bundle of 100. Even with the ease of getting them, these are collectible and you can often get a bit more than face value for them in many instances. They become more of interest to collectors when they are consecutive and also possess one or more of the other traits mentioned in this article. For example, consecutive bills that are also a binary bills: 45554454 and 45554455.


bookeend serial number dollar bill

A bill’s serial number that has the same two or three numbers on each end is considered a bookend note by collectors. An example of this would be 20873420 or 34598345. Bookend notes having three numbers the same on each end are more valuable to collectors (and much more difficult to find), but even notes with two bookend numbers can fetch prices over the bill’s face value.

Unusual Numbers

Bank notes whose serial number matches well known numbers also have appeal to collectors. A classic example would be a “pi” bill that had a serial number that corresponds to the first 8 digits of the numerical value of pi: 31415927. Any string of numbers that have a special meaning to someone or some thing will likely be coveted by some collector.


While all of the above bills with serial numbers would likely find collectors willing to pay above face value for the bill, each gains a little more value if they are combinations of two or more of the above types of notes. While these are obviously more difficult to find than those that have just a single point of desire for collectors, combination notes also can be worth significantly more due to this rarity. One of many examples that exist would be a birthday/repeater combination which might look like 19771977.


The reality is that if you can find something within a bill’s serial number that makes it unique, there is probably someone out there that will pay more than its face value to add it to their collection. Basically, if you look at a serial number and say to yourself, “wow, that’s neat!” then collectors will likely feel the same way. Use the different types of bills that collectors look for mentioned above as a guide, but don’t limit yourself to them if you find an interesting serial number that isn’t mentioned above.

As with all things collectible, condition matters. The better the condition of the note, the more valuable it will be. That being said, unless the bill is extremely worn and ripped, any of the above mentioned serial numbered bills will still be worth more than their face value even if the bill has been in circulation for awhile. The goal is to find the bills in the best shape possible, but don’t be discouraged if you find one of the bills that shows a bit of wear.

If you carry cash on a regular basis, a few of these notes likely pass through your hands during the year. Much like finding coins, if you simply look at the bills you have in your wallet after reading this article and never again, you aren’t likely to find any of them. If, however, you get into the habit of checking each bill that passes through your hands, you will eventually come across some that collectors desire.

If you are willing to take your search a step further, start withdrawing money from your bank from a teller always requesting new bills. This will mean that if you do come across a bill that is collectible, it will be in better condition making it worth more. It will also give you the chance to go back to the teller and get more bills if you get one you like that the serials numbers close to it would also be valuable. If not, the crisp bills will help you save money. As mentioned previously, this can be a fun way to make a bit of extra money that doesn’t cost a cent to do since all the money that you get is still worth its face value, and there aren’t many fun hobbies that let you do that.

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241 Responses to 17 Bills in Your Wallet Worth More than Face Value

  1. Jeffrey Strain says:

    Yes, but those tend to be the type that collectors will keep if they come across them themselves, but not spend money to get.

  2. Dancie says:

    I have a 1985 $100 bill that has the 20826820 is it worth anything

  3. Jeffrey Strain says:

    It likely wouldn’t be worth more than face value to collectors — it’s one they might keep if they found, but not one they would pay for.

  4. Alex says:

    I have 3 bills that I was wondering if they had any value (all ones) first number is 2006 bill 95666855 the other bill is 2006 03518341 and the last bill is 1977 09944250 Are they worth anything?

  5. Jeffrey Strain says:

    No, you likely wouldn’t be able to get anything above face value for those bills that would make it worth the time and effort of selling them.

  6. Matthew Goodson says:

    I have a few bills that I thought were interesting. I have a $10 bill with the serial number JA57317695A. Are there 1 number bookends? I also have a $1 bill with the serial number G95288349F. Which is a one number bookend.Then I have a $1 bill with the serial number H60991753A that number has the date September 9 1753. The date the first Steem boat got to the US. I have another $1 bill with the serial number L16092928V in that number there is 9292. And finally I have a $1 bill that has the serial number F78882609F. In that is 888. Are any of these bills worth anything.

  7. Jeffrey Strain says:


  8. Matthew Goodson says:


  9. devanksh verma says:

    hwy hi i have a few bill can you plase tell me about them and are they good colectible
    JF 83386719 A
    K 09985495 B
    C 00014464 E
    1 dollar bill B 03549814 A
    1 dollar bill A 59535706 G
    1 dollar bill B 66943249 J
    1 dollar bill A 30568449 A
    5 dollar bill DL 50759974 A
    1 dollar bill A 19526684 C
    1 dollar bill F 94525763 H

  10. Jeffrey Strain says:

    No, none of these is worth more than face value for the serial numbers…

  11. Lightning Larry says:

    I must agree with jeffery. Lately, EBay has been flooded with $2 bills. Craigslist both costs FAR LESS to use and it can be used locally also which could lead to higher profits.

  12. Lightning Larry says:

    Can a ink stamp or ball point pen be safely removed from paper currency? And if so, how would someone go about doing it without losing value of the bill(s)?

  13. michelle says:

    I have a $20 bill with an a after the series number anybody know what it’s worth it’s a 2004

  14. Mike says:

    I have a dollar bill serial code D19991444C it’s a 2006 series is it worth anything

  15. Mike says:

    No reply I take it that it’s worthless

  16. Carl says:

    I’ve been collecting for 25+ years and honestly bookend has always meant that you have the notes before and after the serial that is unique. Even the grading companies list them as bookends. I am at a loss here where you are saying that a bookend is a note that has the same numbers on the front as the back of the serial. Even the collectors catalogs define bookends as having the before and after notes example 11223343 11223344 11223345 so 43 and 45 are the bookends of 11223344. I can’t say in my many years that I have ever even seen anyone pay for a note simply because the front and back numbers match. The funny thing is the example note you showed is a radar and yes very valuable but these others that people are posting not so much. Unless you go to ebay and I swear you can put any note on there and just say it is a unique serial even if it’s not and someone will buy it (I’ve seen it happen and known people that have done it to prove a point) so bookend notes are the notes that come before and after the (cool serial)

    But I think your post is great, getting people interested and knowledge out there but double check your bookend facts. I did look it up just to see if maybe something changed when I wasn’t looking and the reputable sites still define bookends like I did.

    The other notes I have seen start to sell and get popular (don’t ask me why??) Is a Sudoku note, basically no number repeats itself. Much like the “pi” notes I don’t know any big collectors that would put them into their collection.

  17. VanceG says:

    I got a star note! Know anyone wanna buy it?

  18. Bryan says:

    I recently found 3 $100 star notes in sequential order. Other than the stars and sequential #’s, nothing out of the ordinary.

  19. Bryan says:

    Should have mentioned this was a question. lol Do you see this trio worth any more than face value?

  20. Amy says:

    I found two consecutive $5 bills from 2013 62970923 and 24 .. Are these worth trying to find a collector for?

  21. Randy Ankele says:

    Hi I have a 2006 1 Dollar star note with the serial numbers 03880488 Now I know the star is worth but are the numbers of any significance?. and I also have a 1 dollar 2009 with the numbers
    E08538530A now that is a repeater right. and thank you for all of the comments you answer that is a great job you do. I appreciate all of your insight Thank you.

  22. Mike G says:

    The 14211224 would, actually, be worth more than face value to certain collectors as it is a trinary note. 1, 2, and 4. If you still have the note, you may consider posting it on ebay to be noticed by collectors.

  23. Curtis says:

    I have a dollar bill with the number of L59999245V is it worth more than face value?

  24. Carrie Matassa says:

    It seems like you are so busy but, I have to ask.
    I have a $10 with the serial # 15445454
    Is this worth trying to sell?
    Thank you for your time

  25. Unfortunately not. Keep trying though!

  26. Kevin says:

    I know it’s a long shot, but how about at $20 – 37375859?

  27. Probably not. There’s no obvious pattern that makes buyers think, “Oh, that’s cool! I want that!” Maybe your next bill will be luckier.

  28. Carl says:

    I have one dallor series # D69133333A and other one dallor with the 6 bold print the series #F49657948A if it could be worth anything

  29. Noel Longoria says:

    I have a twenty dollar series IK 43343344 D in great condition could be worth anything? Thanks!

  30. No, unfortunately. The only valuable bills, from what I understand, are the ones that have obviously unique numbers. For instance, all the same number or an obvious pattern to the numbers.

  31. Robbin says:

    I have $1000.00 dollars in 5 dollar star notes. And they are all in sequence.
    Serial numbers are as follows 0574431 thru 05744500. Series 2013. Anyone have an idea as to how much they are worth?

  32. I can figure it out for you. What’s the FRB – Run numbers of the notes? It’ll be a letter – number like A – 2.

  33. Shannon says:

    I have a few bills:
    19- uncerculated 2009 star notes..
    A 1969 star note
    A 1963 low cerial number
    So what do you think, would they be worth anything?

  34. 2009 star notes – maybe $5/piece on eBay with free shipping. Not a bad investment.
    1969 star note – $4, if it’s uncirculated
    1963 star note low serial #: $4 uncirculated

    I’m assuming these are all $1 star notes.

  35. Noel Longoria says:

    Thanks Will!

  36. Shannon says:

    Yes the star notes are $1.
    Thank you. Can I as though. I have a 1951 silver dime , mint condition.

  37. These dime’s have their value tied closely with the price of silver. That isn’t a good sign. It means the coin itself doesn’t have much value, just the silver that’s in it. Although valuations vary widely, the coin is worth anywhere from $1.50-$12.00. 1951 S’s are the most sought after.

  38. No problem!!! Happy to help.

  39. Justin says:

    F 82239393 e what ya think

  40. Unfortunately, that one isn’t worth any special amount. Sorry!

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