$5 note possible error - number 0 vs. letter O

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by cashhound, Mar 17, 2021.

  1. cashhound

    cashhound Active Member

    It looks to me like the letter O was used in place of the second numerical zero in the lower serial number. Is this the case or are my eyes/brain playing tricks on me?

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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Florida girls have to love walking there sharks.

    All looks normal to me.
  4. William F

    William F Odd Member

    I saw what you were talking about at first but the longer I looked at it the more normal it looked, I think its an illusion... This sounds silly but I think it may be because the colors inside the 0's are different and that makes them seem slightly different sizes...? The human brain is a weird thing lol
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  5. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    They look the same to me. Maybe just playing tricks on the eyes.
  6. SteveInTampa

    SteveInTampa Always Learning

    The BEP doesn’t use the letter “O” in the serial numbers, for just this reason. It’s a zero.
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  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    That is a zero and it looks that way because of the C in front of it. Your eyes play tricks on you and this is a good one.
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  8. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    You've got it exactly right.

    The serial numbers are dark against a lighter background. The second 0 has a lighter background inside and darker background on either side; this blends with the outer edges of the left and right sides of the numeral, and makes it look wider.

    For the first 0, it's the opposite, with a dark interior and light exterior; this makes that numeral look narrower. Seeing the two side-by-side, your brain thinks they must be different characters. Measure them, though, and you'll find they're the same size and shape.
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  9. William F

    William F Odd Member

    Thank you for explaining it better than I could @-jeffB :p
  10. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    By golly, it's a deep state collector conspiracy to give us brain freeze. ;););)
  11. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    The basic factor so many see extra letters all over damaged coins~ pareidolia .

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  12. cashhound

    cashhound Active Member

    Thanx Steve! I should have, and did, know that. I just forgot?
  13. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Nah, yours was shorter, and shorter is better. It's just that "short" doesn't come naturally to me. :rolleyes:
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  14. George McClellan

    George McClellan Active Member

    Aligning a pencil horizontally along the bottoms of the paired zeroes...:stop:
    The bottom of the '2nd' zero appears to be higher than the bottom of the first zero...:jawdrop:
    thus my pencil slants ever so slightly to the upper right.:rolleyes::eek:
    Aligning the bottoms of all four zeroes works, too.:D
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