What is the oldest bill you found in circulation?

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by Walter1969, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Walter1969

    Walter1969 New Member

    My oldest bill find in circulation was a 1928 silver certificate.
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  3. juris klavins

    juris klavins Well-Known Member

    This Bill looks pretty old :p

  4. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I found a 1934 $5 once.
  5. Mike2

    Mike2 New Member

  6. Skippy Topaz

    Skippy Topaz Obsolete

    Probably 1935... I've found a few $10s over the years and a recent $1
  7. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I found this one and had it graded for the fun.
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  8. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I found 7 of these.
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  9. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Professional Teenager

    Found a 1985 counterfeit $20
  10. NOS

    NOS Former Coin Hoarder

    How long ago was this? What gave it away as being counterfeit?

    You don't hear about small face bills like this being counterfeited too often these days (unless they're mistaken for being counterfeit out of ignorance) so I am rather intrigued to hear more details about it.
  11. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Professional Teenager

    My sister is a teller and she didn't find any security. I also did research and very few things actually checked out. I actually made a thread before I knew it was counterfeit.
  12. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Banks required to turn those in.
    Unless she is a different kind of teller.
  13. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Professional Teenager

    No, she wasn't working and she wasnt even in the same state as her bank.
  14. NOS

    NOS Former Coin Hoarder

    Uh huh...I suspect what we're dealing with (short of anything better being presented such as a picture or scan of the note in question, for example) is a classic case of your sister not seeing the expected strip and/or watermark and thinking it's fake even though these features were not yet in existence prior to Series 1990 and Series 1996. I've seen this scenario played out 100 times before where someone thinks a note is fake just because it's old and they don't know any better. The one from your sister is likely just time 101. If by some small chance I am mistaken then please accept my humblest of apologies.
  15. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Professional Teenager

    To be honest. The bill is gone, I spent it and I don't care anymore. So whether it was fake or not we will never know
  16. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    If those bills didn't have watermarks and security strips (in those days), it was probably real.
    The fake ones usually have dark ink and blurry printing details. And they feel wrong (the paper).
    If it looked right, and felt right, and just didn't have the security strip, it was probably real.
  17. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Professional Teenager

    There was light bleeding of ink. I could see the serial number on the back even when it is set flat
  18. NOS

    NOS Former Coin Hoarder

    It is rather common for part of the serial number to show through on the back of notes that are in crisp and otherwise high grade of condition so that observation is not too unusual. The thing that stands out to me is you knowingly spent a note that you thought was counterfeit? I know you likely didn't want to lose out on $20 but offloading what you think is a counterfeit bill onto someone else is not really the right approach to take with this kind of thing...
  19. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Professional Teenager

    Well regarding the fact you are disproving my suspicions. Guess it wasn't counterfeit after all.
  20. ace71499

    ace71499 Young Numismatic

    A 1928 $5 Dollar bill
  21. hcmusicguy

    hcmusicguy Member

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