Misprinted Money Values

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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