What's the deal with these?

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by Legomaster1, Apr 20, 2020.

  1. Legomaster1

    Legomaster1 Cointalk Patron


    I saw several of these stamp cancelled notes on Ebay- the top one in a Buy-it-Now listing for $500 OBO, this one in a Buy-it-Now listing for $125 OBO,
    this one for $100 Buy-it-Now OBO

    and lastly this one for $95 Buy-it-Now OBO.
    Each one is from a different seller.

    Is there something special about sticking old stamps onto a $2 note, and getting a modern cancellation stamp (from 2013, 2015, 2019, etc.)?
    Or tacking on new stamps, and getting those same modern cancellation markings?

    I understand the "First Day of Issue" stamp cancels for 2 dollar notes from 1976, but what's so amazing about these notes?

    It seems that if a stamp itself is rare, it would make more sense to auction the stamp, or the stamp with the envelope it was affixed to. The modern cancellation markings make even less sense- I could literally go to the post office, and have all the money in my wallet stamp cancelled (04-20-2020).

    This bill sold at auction for 16.33 (including shipping). But what's so epic about it?
    The forever stamp at left is from 2018, and incredibly common today.
    As for the New Hampshire 3 cent stamp- it's worth approximately a dollar-uncancelled.
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  3. Burton Strauss III

    Burton Strauss III Well-Known Member

    You can ASK anything your fool heart wants... did any sell?
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  4. Legomaster1

    Legomaster1 Cointalk Patron

    Yes, actually. The very bottom $2 in my post sold for $16.33 (including shipping) which is what was amazing. About 10 more sold for $8-$10 including shipping. Personally, I wouldn’t pay more than $2 for a $2 Bill with some modern defaced stamps.
  5. midas1

    midas1 Exalted Member

    Good question, I've got a couple dozen of them stamped/cancelled 1976.
  6. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Supporter! Supporter

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  7. Burton Strauss III

    Burton Strauss III Well-Known Member


    $2 bill with some modern canceled stamps sells for $10...

    I guess people really are going bat-xxxx crazy in quarantine.
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  8. Mike185

    Mike185 Well-Known Member

    I bet the seller just slapped another stamp on it and sent it one it’s way... lol
  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Just a ruined $2.00 bill and a wasted stamp.
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  10. MEC2

    MEC2 Enormous Member

    For $10 - if you didn't live in the United States, and it had your home country stamp or something on it, why not? When I take $2 bills abroad people go ape $#!+ over them - they just never see them. So, if you can get a $2 with your country stamp and a postmark maybe from some place you like - it's as good as a shot glass or ashtray as a memento...
  11. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    There are collectors of stamp cancelled currency, but to me, they are just damaged currency and I wouldn't give more than face value for any of them. Strike that . . . I wouldn't even want them. JMHO
  12. KSorbo

    KSorbo Well-Known Member

    The Mt. Washington cancellation is a nice touch, although the Old Man in the Mountain on the stamp (which no longer exists BTW) wasn’t close to Mt. Washington. The country stamps don’t make sense to me unless the dates have a meaning I’m not aware of. It would be more fun to take a $2 bill overseas and have it cancelled there with a foreign stamp.
  13. masterswimmer

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  14. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    I have seen the April 13th 1976 cancellation for the First Day Of Issue. Jefferson's birthday. These other ones don't make any sense to me.
    The first note posted is a Millennium Star note, Probably one of the most valuable $2 notes made. Only 9.999 produced.
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  15. ja59

    ja59 Missing the Beach just not as much as ...

    bout 20 miles apart as the crow flies
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  16. Burton Strauss III

    Burton Strauss III Well-Known Member

    And 54 miles if the crow walks
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  17. gsalexan

    gsalexan Intaglio aficionado

    If you look closely at the Mt. Washington note, you'll notice the 3¢ stamp was removed from a "First Day of Issue" cover and attached to the bill, then cancelled. Technically, cancelling a cancelled stamp is a no-no for the P.O.

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  18. lettow

    lettow Senior Member

    In the early 2000s I had several transactions with a German dealer who gave me $3.00 credit for UNC $2.00 notes up to 100 notes per transaction.
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