1985 $20 bill

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by Coinlover, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. Coinlover

    Coinlover The Coin Collector

    my mom stopped at the bank earlier today and got some money out of the atm. when she got home, she remebered she owed me $10. so she pulled out her money she got out of the atm and i saw a old style poking out!:eek:hya: i said let me have this one, and i gave her $10. i have now a 1985 $20 bill!:cool: i like these old style bills alot. its pretty faded in the middle. and you have to look pretty closly for the series. weird thing about it is that its really worn looking, but is still crisp! :confused: i think it got washed in a washing machine. i know old style bills do not have the watermark or ghost of the presedent, but this bill dosn't have one of those secirity strips!:eek: i have 2 1995 $5 bills and a 1995 $10 bill and they both have those strips. is this normal? i checked it with my counterfiet pen and it shows that it is good. this is my first old style $20!:kewl: i have the 5, 10 now 20 old style!:p i checked it and it was printed august 1989. well, thanks everyone!:D
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  3. clembo

    clembo A closed mind is no mind

    Might be a good find as it sounds by the description that there may have been some inking issues. If the note (bill) is still crisp yet faded it's always a possibility.

    NOW, PLEASE do me a favor. Throw away the counterfeit pen! Using a "counterfeit" pen on currency is like taking a knife to a BU coin to see if it's real. Destroys value.
  4. Coinlover

    Coinlover The Coin Collector

    i did a little dot on it. its gone now and you can't even see it. are these old $20 bills supose to have a secirity strip?
  5. clembo

    clembo A closed mind is no mind

    Nope, I just did a bit of reading and that started in 1990. Anything after (and including) 1990 should have the strip. If it doesn't it may be an ERROR not a counterfeit.

    Can you post any pics of the note?
  6. Coinlover

    Coinlover The Coin Collector

    here is the front of the bill. here's the back of the bill.
  7. BostonMike

    BostonMike Senior Member

    I've got two series 1981 $20's in pretty good condition

    Someone owed me $40 and gave me those 20's. To him they were just $20 notes, but to me it was getting paid in something i now can't spend :(

    I thought long and hard about spending them, but i kept them anyway
  8. Aidan Work

    Aidan Work New Member

    That's a pretty nice note,on the back,that is!

    Aidan.
  9. Coinlover

    Coinlover The Coin Collector

    do you guys think it is a ink error?
  10. Daggarjon

    Daggarjon Supporter**

    the note has been well circulated, any apparent crispness might be due to someone 'pressing' the note. but there is certainly evidence of folding down the center.

    regardless of wear - awsome find :)
  11. Coinlover

    Coinlover The Coin Collector

    it feels to me like someone ironed it to make it crisp. what would make it worn on the front, and new looking on the back though?
  12. Magman

    Magman U.S. Money Collector

    there is a line on the back.
    which to me suggests it was folded on the reverse. i.e. folded in such a way that the front was exposed, but the backs were touching.
  13. Coinlover

    Coinlover The Coin Collector

    next time i see my coin dealer, i will show it to him to see what he thinks.
  14. gatzdon

    gatzdon Numismatist

    When people carry money in their pocket folded over, the outward side of the not facing out can get pretty badly worn. As mentioned above, this is what appears to have happened to this bill.

    Even for current money, the counterfeit pen is useless. The mose underused security feature in our money is the security thread. Each denomination has it's own color when viewed under a UV light. A 365NM UV light pen can be bought for as little as $60 + shipping. It's a quick and nondestructive means of checking authenticity.

    Also, if you are into world banknotes, some countries make creative use of dies that are only visible under UV light. My colombian notes have some interesting effects under the UV light, much more creative than the US notes (although the color indicator for denomition is a cool concept that they should never get rid of).

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