Misaligned Serial Number

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by yakpoo, Nov 28, 2020.

  1. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    I got this Dollar bill in change today and noticed that the upper-right serial number has a digit misaligned. I don't recall ever seeing a misaligned serial number before. Is this a common error?

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  3. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    Please don't quote me or anything, but I believe misaligned digits are quite common and carry very little to no premium unless the misalignment is much more drastic. However, @SteveInTampa should have a more concrete answer for you.
     
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  4. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    Iv'e seen them a number ( no pun intended) of times . Mostly on the last digit though .
     
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  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    This is a very minor misprint. Collectors call this a stuck digit or a gas pump error. The low serial number occurs because the numbers on the serial number roller gets stuck or jammed. For those of us who remember the non-digital gas displays, we can see why this misprint is sometimes called a gas pump error.

    These are neat to see, but they aren’t rare.
     
  6. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    Cool Ed, Learn something everyday with you . o_O
     
  7. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    Thanks!

    I also noticed that the "E" is slightly elevated relative to the "9"...as compared to the other serial number. Silly me...I would have thought the Bureau of Engraving would be more precise than an analog gas pump.

    Is this an error they would replace with a Star sheet if they found it? ...or is this so minor, they don't bother?
     
  8. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    They would let it go unless it jammed things up .
     
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  9. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    As already mentioned, having a single digit higher than the rest is fairly common. As the printing process takes place, the equipment that prints the serial number automatically advances the digits to make every serial number different. Generally, and certainly in the condition your note is in, there is no added value.
     
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  10. SteveInTampa

    SteveInTampa Always Learning

    I’ve read that a stuck digit or turned digit occurs because of clogging of the numbering wheel on the cylinder that imprints the serial number. I wouldn’t call it common and I wouldn’t call it rare. It’s somewhere in the middle. The OP’s example would be considered minor.
     
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  11. xCoin-Hoarder'92x

    xCoin-Hoarder'92x Storm Tracker

    I handle cash weekly and never seen that. Couldn't be as common as said here ;)
     
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  12. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    It seems like something that would be common, but like you, I look at a lot of bills and don't recall seeing it before.
     
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  13. SteveInTampa

    SteveInTampa Always Learning

    This type of error is a staple on eBay. You can see them in various degrees of misalignment.
     
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