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A Guide To The Value of Misprinted Money

        Collecting misprinted money is a subset of traditional currency collecting.  A misprint refers to any error on a bill that occurred during the printing process at The Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  The BEP tries to catch all misprints that occur, so when they miss something that enters circulation, that bill will command a premium over face value.

        Do keep in mind that millions of bills are printed and enter circulation every day.  Misprinted money isn’t necessarily rare, but it certainly is popular.  Typically when one misprint occurs, many of the same misprints also happen.  It is not uncommon for bank tellers to find many of the same error consecutively numbered.  No misprint is unique or one of a kind.

        The value of misprinted money is based on the severity and the rarity of the misprint.  Collectors expect misprinted money to be in uncirculated condition with no folds or other distractions.  Misprinted money that isn’t in perfect condition is significantly discounted, especially on already common errors.

        The guide below shows examples of the most commonly encountered misprints.  When using the misprint guide, focus less on the denomination and more on the type of error.  We purchase most misprinted money.  We can only provide appraisals if you send a scan or digital photo of the front and back of your misprinted money as an email attachment:  admin@oldcurrencyvalues.com  

Picture of the Misprint

Description of the Misprint

Shifted Seal and Serial Numbers Misprint to the Right

Shifted Seal and Serial Numbers Misprint to the Left

Shift Misprint Affecting the Black District Seal and Number

Stuck Digit or Gas Pump Misprint Affecting Serial Number

Seal and Serial Number Printed on the Back of the Bill

Overinked with Green Ink on Back Misprint

Partial Offset of Back on Front Misprint

Full Offset of Front on Back Misprint

Retained Obstruction Misprint

Misprint Partial Obstruction Only Affecting the Face Printing

Partial Back Obstruction Misprint

Completely Missing Seal and Serial Numbers Misprint

Missing Green Treasury Seal Misprint

Completely Missing Face Printing Misprint

Misprint with Missing Black Seal and District Number

Blank Back of Bill Misprint

Mismatching Serial Numbers Misprint

Mismatched Block Letters Misprint

Severe Face Shift Misalignment Misprint

Misaligned Upshift Affecting Face of Bill Misprint

Face Misalignment Shift Misprint

Upside Down and Misaligned Back Print Misprint

Minor Misalignment Misprint Showing White Margin

Minor Misalignment Showing Two Different Bills Misprint

Inverted Signatures Misprinted

Upside Down Seal and Serial Numbers Misprint

Misaligned Misprint with Upside Down Serial Numbers

 Upside Down W Used for M on Silver Certificate Misprint


Upside Down Back Misprint


Underinked Face Printing Misprint


Underinked Back Printing Misprint


Insufficient Inking Misprint


Black Ink Smear Misprint


Green Ink Smear Misprint


White Line Gutter Fold Misprint


Foldover Misprint Affecting Face Printing


Foldover Misprint with Seal and Serial Number on Back


Double Printed Serial Number and Seal Misprint


Double Face Printing Misprint


Major Cutting Error Misprint


 Cutting Error Misprint


Board Break Blank Areas Misprint


 Attached White Tab Misprint


 Double Denomination Misprint


Created Fake Errors with No Collector Value

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