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Jeff's Collectable Coins & Currency Blog

Jeff's Collectable Coins & Currency Blog

Jeff Smith writes about updates & news related to collectable coins & currency.

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Disney Dollar Demise: The end of an era 1987 – 2016 RIP 29 years old


Digital Currency and Disney Gift Cards are reasons cited for yesterday’s official discontinuation of Disney Dollars. Of course, because Disney Dollars never expire, Disney will continue to accept them as currency, at face value. But this is small comfort to and other Disney Dollar collectors who, since 1987, have anxiously awaited each new Disney Dollar issue and theme.

This sad announcement was made on Thursday with the final discontinuation date of 14 May 2016. That is, all official Disney production and sales of Disney Dollar Notes ended yesterday!

You may wish to access official news media items located at these web sites. WDW News Today (reports on Disney park information and news), broke the story late last week were later confirmed by the Orange County Register.

Disney Dollars have been extremely popular with collectors since their birth in May 1987. Functioning as both currency and souvenir, these beautifully engraved existing “Dollars” will now be far more difficult to locate and more expensive to purchase.

“This news is devastating,” said Jeff Smith, President. “Collectors from all over the world love and cherish these amazingly beautiful notes. Disney Dollars have been a really fun way to introduce currency collecting to children of all ages! Disney Dollars have always made great Christmas and birthday gifts!”

First released in 1987, Disney Dollars were recognized for very high quality printing with intaglio steel engraving and expensive 100% cotton paper, giving Disney Dollars the feel and appearance of beautifully crafted currency. Just like any “real” money, they have anti-counterfeiting features such as reflective ink and imprinting, unique serial numbers and letters, tiny specks of glitter (we call pixie dust), and expensive micro-printing.

Important characters on each bill include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and many others. Each side of the bill incorporates its denomination and each currency item has a serial number series year. These numbers/letters denote when they were printed and where they originated. Some bills were printed in small amounts such as the limited edition $50 and some were printed in large quantities.

Disney Currency designs changed yearly, often reflecting the general theme for that year. Bills also include letter designations, located after the serial number. For example, an A series relates to a note initially sold at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA (A is for Anaheim), D denotes Walt Disney World in Florida, and T (available starting in 2005) designates Disney stores. There are also a few very rare B (for Designer Charles Boyer). Now, at age 29, official production and sales of Disney Dollars has ended.

Importantly, though Disney Dollars never expire, once “spent” at Disney Parks and Stores, notes are cancelled and destroyed.

So the only way to purchase Disney Dollars now is through collectors like Please let us help you build your own collection of these ever-more-valuable/rare world famous Disney currency notes.

If you have any questions call Jeff @ 870-670-4255

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 19:32

A few 'notes' about Military Payment Certificates (MPCs)

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Exciting and historical MPC information follows: No two notes are identical; each is unique

 As a military veteran of the United State Navy, I recall receiving my pay with  

 Military Payment Certificates, fondly known by us GIs as MPCs, and spending these MPCs at the base PX. I am an MPC Collector and I think that these beautifully engraved Military Payment Certificates are some of most artistic pieces of currency ever made.  

 The United States military devised the MPC program immediately following World War II. In post war Europe, US dollars became very valuable due to the high inflation rates of local currencies. Hence, US servicemen stationed overseas could purchase very high value items for relatively small numbers of US dollars.

 To overcome this problem and help stabilize foreign economies, MPCs were developed and used from the time immediately following World War II until about the end of the Vietnam War (1946-1973). In the opinion of many military veterans and collectors like me, MPCs include some of the most beautiful currency notes the US has ever printed. I look at these currency notes and see not only the financial impact they made for me but the military, political and social environments surrounding them.

 MPCs are paper money in cent denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 and dollar denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 20. The MPC Program was at its peak during the Vietnam War.

 For a look at some rare and collectible currency, including MPC notes, visit us at:

 We are official members of multiple numismatic-related organizations. Thus, welcomes any and all questions regarding our coin and currency postings and our passion for collecting coins and currency of all types.

 We are here to assist you! Please give us a call at 870-670-4255 or email us at

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Question: Are Federal Reserve Bank Notes (FRBNs) and Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) the same?
No, they are very different notes and it is important to make the distinction when buying, selling, or trading these notes. Here is some history and information.
Federal Reserve Bank Notes, also known as FRBNs, were issued in the US between 1915 and 1934. As legal US tender, they were regarded, just as other kinds of notes, according to their face value. There are 12 Federal Reserve Banks. It is important to note that Federal Reserve Bank Notes are backed up by just ONE of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks, not all of these banks as a unified group.
And size does matter. Two size designations exist for FRBNs – large size and small size. Large size FRBNs were initially issued in 1915 with the five, ten, and twenty dollar denominations. The one, two, and fifty dollar denominations surfaced in 1918.

Small size FRBNs were emergency printed in 1933 (during the depths of the American Depression), using paper stock from the printing of National Bank Notes and in denominations ranging from five through 100 dollars. During the depression, Americans lost faith and trust in their banks, so wide-spread currency hoarding created extreme shortages. Of great interest to collectors is that, just as is seen in our current one dollar bills, the letter A through L appears, denoting one of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts. Since 1934, these small size FRBNs were not printed and banks stopped making them publicly available in 1945. They have serial numbers and brown seals and have the “National Currency” printed across the top of the obverse side.

FRBNs were issued by each individual member bank, as mentioned, and were phased out in the mid-1930s. FRBNs are considered by numismatists to be very different bills, when compared with Federal Reserve Notes.
Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) are still in production. Notably, the term Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) is considered to be the best term to use when describing circulating US paper currency. The only U.S. banknotes still in production since 1971 are the FRNs.
FRNs were backed in a similar way to National Bank Notes, using U.S. bonds, but issued by Federal Reserve banks instead of by chartered National banks. Before 1971, FRNs (in theory) were supported by an equal amount of US Treasury gold. Under President Nixon, however, the gold standard was replaced by a government declaration that the paper money had value and was legal tender in the US.

But how was this possible? In December of 1913, during his first year in office, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson aggressively influenced and subsequently signed into law the Federal Reserve Act. This Act of Congress established the Federal Reserve System and the US Central Banking System (a major reform for US banking and currency).

Importantly, this Act provided the US central banking system official authority to issue Federal Reserve Notes and Federal Reserve Bank Notes as legally authorized US currency. Notably, the bill’s co-sponsor was the Chairmen of the House Banking and Currency Committee, Virginia Congressional Democratic Representative Carter Glass.

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If there is an FRN or FRBN that you are looking for and it is not listed on our web site, please give us a call at870-670-4255or email Jeff:

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If notes could talk, what would the highly collectible Colonial notes say about the significant role they played in achieving independence for all Americans? ....

 For some fascinating information about these rare and beautiful notes, read on .....

 WWI ended on November 11th, 1918; In tribute and honor of another GREAT war, the Revolutionary War, all Americans cherish America’s Original Currency.

 Our early American history -- from a political, social, and certainly economical perspective -- is fascinating. Fortunately, for all currency enthusiasts, this history is exemplified in the first American currency, lovingly referred to as Colonial Currency.

 Colonial currency provided financial incentives and means to build America and win the Revolutionary War. Certainly, colonial currency helped supply our Continental Army and feed and clothe early colonists.

 Colonial Currency notes are unique works of art and demonstrate incredible sophistication in counterfeit prevention, multi-color production techniques, engravings, woodcuts, logos, and political insignias and slogans. From Maryland to Georgia, these diverse currency items were expertly crafted by local artisans, engravers, and printers. Looking at each note, you will touch this history, feel the strength and determination of these early patriots, and wonder at the skill and splendor each note demonstrates.

 Colonial notes are rare, sought-after, desirable but, surprisingly, well within reach of most collectors. Market values placed on these notes are based on condition, demand, and rarity; the original value of the notes is far less significant. For example, regardless of denomination, notes produced by Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere will have greater value due to greater interest and demand. Additionally, notes produced during the Revolutionary War have seen greater interest, with the idea that those notes display powerful patriotic symbolism and may have been placed in the pockets of patriot soldiers as they took arms against the British.

 Colonial currency collectors build collection sets in a number of ways. One common method is to collect a note from each of the original 13 colonies. Similarly, many collectors choose a “favorite” colony and collect samples of each of the emissions and/or denominations.

 Fortunately, internationally recognized grading services such as PCGS and PMG are now verifying and grading Colonial money. Thus, graded notes carry greater value and notes with higher grades command exceptional prices.

 Though the perception is that these notes are of a premium price, collectors are still able to find and purchase notes from all 13 colonies for a relatively fair price. Collections with all 13 colonies are then passed down from generation-to-generation, as family heirlooms, pride in our country, and outstanding investments.

 Therefore, now is the time to invest in colonial currency; affordable prices will NOT last! Large numbers of new currency collectors are reaching retirement age and are “in droves” contributing to higher demand and higher prices.

 Proudly, has excellent examples of Colonial Currency notes from each of the 13 colonies as well as the Continental Congress issues.

Call us at 870-670-4255 or email  for help and support, as you venture into Colonial Note Set collection.

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Yours for a truly wonderful Veteran's Day,  
Jeff Smith, President

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May 6-12: Happy Nurse’s Week to all Nurses & to all those who know & love a member of this noble profession!!

1984 10 Pounds Bank of England, Great Britain PMG 65 EPQ Gem Unc. Pk# 379c

The founder of Modern Nursing is Florence Nightingale. She was born on May 12th, 1820. National Nurses week here in the United States begins with national nurse’s day May 6th and ends May 12, Nightingale’s birthday.

Florence Nightingale is the founder of Modern Professional Nursing.  She was the first professional nurse educator, the first nurse researcher, to first nurse author and historian, and the first nurse to develop military and public health standards world-wide. Nightingale developed the nursing school curriculum that was implemented with the first professional nursing school program here in the United States. The important focus of her curriculum was on student education and quality learning.

Though born to British wealth and nobility, Florence was named after Florence, Italy -- the location of her birth during her parents’ travel to that area in 1820.

To the horror of her family, Florence Nightingale chose to be a nurse during a time when nurses were low-life drunkards and thieves. She spent her life promoting health and professional nursing practice and care. One of her greatest contributions to nursing and to military healthcare was during the Crimean War. This was a war between England and Russia -- 1854. Tens of thousands of England’s sick and wounded soldiers were dying from lack of care.

Amazingly, in just six months, Nightingale and her 38 trained nurses lowered the death rate in those filthy Turkish dirt-floor hospitals from 42% to 2%!!

Upon Nightingale’s return from the war, the grateful soldiers and their families donated enough money to her to start the first professional school of nursing in London. Queen Victoria presented Florence Nightingale with a broach. Etched upon this broach were the words, “Blessed are the Merciful.”

To honor Florence Nightingale and pay tribute to her enormous contributions to nursing and healthcare worldwide, Great Briton placed her picture on the reverse side of this beautifully engraved currency note. proudly displays this stunningly beautiful note on our web site (see above). This week -- National Nurse's Week -- our entire staff and administration pay tribute to and honor Florence Nightingale, a true nurse hero.

Treasured was founded in 1987 to provide currency enthusiasts and investors with a wide choice of currency items. The site offers a range of national and international coins and currency for the value conscious currency collector and investor. We are here to assist you! Please give us a call at 870-670-4255 or email us at


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Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:26

Notes from the Russian Revolution

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A rich history of notes from the Russian Revolution...

 History of the Russian Revolution, The Caucasus, and Russian social intrigue are represented on this amazingly rare note. With the Russian Winter Olympics just days away, it is of great interest to look at the history of this region, as represented in the Vladikavkaz Railroad Banknotes of 1918.
The note was issued 1 September 1918 with black on light maroon and light blue. There is an underprint of the building on the note's face and the map of the railroad line on  the back.

 At the time of issue, the average wage worker in Tsarist Russia 22 rubles  per month
On the back, you will see the  Caucasus map which illustrates the company's main rail road line running from Rostov-on-the-Don to Petrovsk and Baku. This map most certainly adds  interest and appeal to collectors world-wide.  Therefore, the history as represented on this note is significant!

The Russian Revolution saw the whole country disintegrate into regions with armies that were acting autonomously of any government claiming to be in control. The North Caucausus region in southern Russia was no exception to the rule, but while much of the paper money was often issued by civil authorities or the military, this particular note was issued by a commercial concern, in this case the Vladikavkaz Railroad Company.
During 1918 they issued some of the loveliest designed notes into circulation in that region from Rostov-Na-Don and into the Caucausus mountains.

Here is a bit of history about the town of Vladikavkaz (northern end of the Caucasus Mountains)

The present day population of Vladikavkaz is primarily Russian, Ossetian, Armenian, and Georgian. It was founded in 1784 as a fortress during the Russian conquest of the Caucasian region, it was long the military and political center of Russia in the Caucasus. Vladikavkaz was made the capital of the Gorskaya (Mountain People's) ASSR in 1921, which in 1936 became the North Ossetian ASSR. It was renamed Ordzhonikidze in 1932, Dzaudzhikau (Dsaudshikau) in 1944, again Ordzhonikidze (Ordshonikidse) in 1954, and once again Vladikavkaz in 1990.

In 1891 Vladikavkaz was in the state of Kabarda. South of the citys of Ekaternegrad(?) and Mezdok. Vlakikavkaz is the end of the rail line, coming from Rostov. Three rail lines from the north connect in Rostov, and going south the only line is going to Vlakikavkaz. Some of the lesser priced notes included, on the left front, a lovely partly robed young maiden holding agricultural items.

The City of Vladikavkaz lies at the northern foot of the Caucasus Mountains on the Terek River and is the capital of the Republic of North Ossetia. The city was founded in 1784 as a fortress during the Russian conquest of the Caucasus and was for many years the main military base in the region. In 1875 a railway was built to connect Vladikavkaz to Rostov-on-Don and Baku in Azerbaijan.

A beautifully detailed map of this rail line is featured on the reverse of these notes of 1918.

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:02

The Histroy of US Currency

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We have a rich history of different type of currency...

 For more than 300 years, American paper currency has undergone many changes in design, size, denomination, security features, and more. This printed legacy is an important yet little known part of American history; let’s review the main events that have defined it.

 1690-Colonial Bills

 The first paper currency is issued by the Massachusetts Bay colony to fund military expedition expenses. Other colonies soon followed in this practice.

 1775-Continental Congress Currency

 The Continental Congress currency finances the Revolutionary War with paper money, called Spanish milled dollars. However, since it was easy to counterfeit, the Continental currency lost value quickly giving rise to a popular term “not worth a Continental.”

 1781-First National Bank

 The Bank of North America, chartered by Congress, becomes the first national bank.

 1785-The U.S. Dollar

 The U.S. dollar becomes the monetary unit of the United States of America.

 1791-First U.S. Central Bank

 Congress charters the Bank of the United States for a period of 20 years to function as the fiscal agent of the U.S. Treasury department. This bank was the first to function as a central bank for the U.S. government.

 1792-Federal Monetary System

 The Coinage Act of 1792 creates the U.S. Mint that places coin values and denominations as a federal monetary system. The bimetallic standard is created by this act, which sets fixed exchange rates for gold and silver.

 1816-Second U.S. Central Bank

 The second U.S. Central bank is licensed by the Congress for twenty years, up to 1836.

 1836-Free Banking Era

 Without a formal U.S. Central bank, private banks make their own paper currency. Counterfeit bills or bank notes were easily made in this period.

 1861-Civil War “Greenbacks”

 U.S. Congress enables the U.S. Treasury to issue “Demand Notes,” as the paper currency to finance the Civil War. Demand Notes were also called “greenbacks.” All U.S. paper currency made since 1861 is valid with a redeemable full face value.

 1862-First $2, $50, and $100 Bills made as Legal Tender Notes.

 U.S Notes or Legal Tender Notes replaces Demand Notes with the first $2, $50, and $100 bills.

    $2 Note. The first ones were made on 1862 and had a portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury. The $2 United States and Federal Reserve Notes have shown Thomas Jefferson’s portrait since 1869.

    $50 Note. $50 Notes portray Ulysses Grant and the Capitol on the back.

  $100 Note. The first $100 notes were made in 1862 with a portrait of an American eagle. Benjamin Franklin first appeared on a $100 note in 1914.

 1865-Establishment of U.S. Secret Service

 The U.S. Secret Service is established under the bureau of the Treasury to control counterfeiting practices, safeguarding the national currency.

 1877-Bureau of Engraving and Printing

 The BEP (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) starts printing all U.S. currency.

1878-First Silver Certificates

 Silver certificates were made from 1878 to 1964 to replace silver dollars.

 1882-First Gold Certificates

 The first gold certificates were used in the 1882-1933 period, which gave holders a pre-set value of gold coins.

 1913-Federal Reserve Act of 1913

 The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 creates the Federal Reserve to work as the U.S’s central bank. It provides a better response to the ever changing financial needs of the country. The Federal Reserve Board makes a new currency called Federal Reserve Notes.

 1914-Large Size Federal Reserve Notes

 Larger than bills today, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes were issued.

 1918-Large Size High Denominations Federal Reserve Notes

 Big denomination bills are issued as $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 Federal Reserve Notes. These bills were withdrawn from the market in 1969 due to poor demand.

 $500 Notes. Two versions were made, in 1918 with blue seals and 1928 with green seals. The 1918 portrayed John Marshall with Desoto finding the Mississippi on its back. The 1928 version had William McKinley in its front.

  $1,000 Notes. There are two versions of $1,000 notes, which were made in 1918 with a blue seal and in 1928 with a green seal. The 1918 version has Alexander Hamilton’s portrait on the front with an eagle on its back. The 1928 version has the image of Grover Cleveland on its front with the words “The United States of America-One Thousand Dollars” on its back.

 $5,000 Note. Issue in 1928 with James Madison’s image on the front and a portrait of Washington Resigning his Commission on the back.

  $10,000 Notes. The 1918 Notes had Salmon P. Chase on its front with an image of the Embarkation of the Pilgrims on its back. On the other hand, series from 1928’s only difference was with the reverse image that displays “The United States of America-Ten Thousand Dollars.”

 1929-Standarized Designs

 Bill sizes were reduced by 25% to reduce production costs, creating a standardized design for all denominations.

 1934-$100,000 Gold Certificates

 The $100,000 gold certificates were made in 1934 with Woodrow Wilson shown on the front and the words “The United States of America-100,000-One Hundred Thousand Dollars” on the back. This Gold Certificate was only used for transactions amongst Federal Reserve Banks. It was not put to public circulation.

 1957-“In God We Trust”

 The motto “In God We Trust” has been used in all U.S. paper currency since the first $1 silver certificates were issued in 1957.

 1990-New Counterfeit Deterrent Methods

 To fight against advanced printers and other counterfeiting techniques, micro printing and security threads are developed.

 1996-2000-Redesign of Paper Money

 U.S. paper currency is redesigned with advanced anti-counterfeiting techniques that were first introduced on the $100 bill.

 2003-2006-Updated Security Features

 Federal Reserve Notes are made with advanced security features and special colors, first implemented on the $20 bill.

 2007-New $5 Bill with an All Digital Design

 The all-digital design was first introduced on the $5 bill.

 2010-New $100 Bill Design

 With advanced anti-counterfeiting technology, the new $100 bill is unveiled with a traditional American money design.

 The Federal Reserve Bank is in charge of the U.S. central banking system, which places all currency into the hands of consumers and businesses alike. As technology advances, the look of the American paper money will also change to meet new security standards, as experienced throughout its rich history.


Colonists became increasingly dissatisfied with the barter system….


Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you.. May your time with friends and family, priceless.

If notes could talk, what would our first-in-history American currency say?

On this Thanksgiving Holiday, our thoughts return to the origins of this great nation and the currency that helped our nation grow and prosper.

 For some exciting information about Colonial Notes, read  on...

 Shortly after landing in the New World, colonists became increasingly dissatisfied with the barter system of trade between them, this new nation, and England. The colonists wanted and needed economic independence from Britain and sought to establish their own economic stability by printing paper money.

 Though in 1690 the Massachusetts Colony was the first to print paper money, each Colony eventually printed its own colonial notes to enhance a convenient exchange and pay off debt.

 While Spanish Dollars were popular as colonial coins (the origin of our “dollar” denotation for US money) currency was noted in British pounds, shillings and pence.  Importantly, Britain disallowed Colonial Currency as legal tender in 1764 which contributed to great discontent with Britain among colonists.

 In addition to individual colony issued Colonial Notes, as the Revolutionary War began in 1775, the Continental Congress circulated paper currency to help finance the war. This process was backed by a hoped for future tax income rather than real gold or silver. Unfortunately, these Continental notes depreciated rapidly partly due to expert British counterfeit operations designed to sabotage US war efforts.

 Following the war, states and private banks continued to issue their own currency. But, because of the problems with depreciation, inflation, value variances, and counterfeit, the US Constitution later denied individual states the right to make their own money.

Colonial notes are rare and extremely valuable. They were a significant part of our heritage as an independent and free nation. To hold one of these is to hold a vital part of our social, economic and political independence from Britain.

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Yours for a truly amazing year, 

Jeff Smith, President

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Those who have traveled this exciting journey, know that Disney Dollar Collecting is truly a fascinating adventure.

The Disney Dollar idea sparked during a visit to a 1987 Disney Collectors Merchandise Convention by Mr. Harry Brice. Brice was a Senior Artist at the Silhouette Shop on Main Street in Disneyland. He told his associates that he couldn’t believe the amount of money people were paying for Disney merchandise and suggested that Disney could make and print souvenir “money” for currency collectors as well as Disney patrons.
First released in May of 1987, Disney Dollars were recognized for very high quality printing (EPI of Battle Creek, MI) along with intaglio steel engraving and expensive 100% cotton paper, giving Disney Dollars the feel and appearance of beautifully crafted currency. They have anti-counterfeiting features such as reflective ink and imprinting, unique serial numbers and letters, tiny specks of glitter (we call pixie dust), and expensive micro-printing. Disney Dollars were produced and printed from 1987 to 2009 and now again in 2013, with the exception of 1992, 2004 (the 2005 series was also used in 2006), 2006, 2010, and 2012.
Disney Dollars were first released in one and five dollar denominations. The ten dollar (denomination) bill became available in 1990 and in 2005, the fifty dollar bill was added as well as the T series ("T"denotes The Disney Stores, the beginning letter of the serial number). This year (2013), saw the new Disney Dollar release of The Villains and Heroes Series as well as an extremely rare and much sought after "Cruella" error note.

Important characters on each bill include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and many others. Each side of the bill incorporates its denomination and each currency item has a serial number series year. These numbers/letters denote when they were printed and where they originated. Some bills were printed in small amounts such as the limited edition $50 and some were printed in large quantities. Bills are (mostly) signed by Scrooge McDuck as treasurer – he is considered the CFO, bank administrator. Disney Currency designs changed yearly, often reflecting the general theme for that year. Bills also include letter designations, located at the beginning of the serial number. For example, an A series relates to a note initially sold at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA (A is for Anaheim), D denotes Walt Disney World in Florida, and T (available starting in 2005) designates Disney stores. There are also a few very rare B (for Designer Charles Boyer) and F series.

Disney Dollars can be used for face value at Disney theme parks, cruise ships, and Disney Stores. They do not expire. One important way to purchase Disney Dollars is through collectors like Rationale: The Walt Disney Corporation is moving more and more toward Disney refillable gift cards as they are convenient, efficient, and provide better control, tracking, and profit.
Because of their appearance, features, and unique characteristics, currency plus Disney collectors place great value on Disney Dollars; thus, Disney Dollar collectors, as well as Disney memorabilia fans, are found world-wide!
Very importantly, both PCGS and PMG now grade the Disney Dollars.
Hence, competition for these unique and often quite rare Disney Dollar notes is rising, dramatically increasing values on these prized historical items. As of this year (2013), you will need 166 Disney notes to complete a Disney Dollar Registry Set.

So please, enjoy the Disney Dollar Adventure. Let us help you and your family build your own collection of Disney currency.

If you have any questions call Jeff @ 870-670-4255

If you have any questions call Jeff @ 870-670-4255

Monday, 14 October 2013 18:19

Fancy Seeing You Here...

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Fancy Seeing You Here...

 We have been seeing a lot of different kinds of fancy serial numbers lately. So I decided to take some time to describe the different kinds of fancy serial numbers. I will also give a quick definition of each one to help you understand what they are. These fancy serial numbers receive special pedigrees on the certification label.

Serial Number 1 through 9
Simply a serial number that is one of the first nine notes printed.

Solid Serial Numbers
Where that entire S/N is all the same number. In Asia 8’s are lucky and can command a premium..

Ascending and Descending Ladder Serial Numbers
This is where the serial number will increase from low to high (ascending) or high to low (descending). The zero can be used as low and high.

Radar Serial Number
A serial number that reads the same forwards as it does backwards.

Birthday Serial Numbers
These are fun to give to someone on their Birthday. Like a serial number that ends in 1947 the year I was born or a serial number the ends in 2004 that I gave my grandson.

Binary Serial Number
As the name suggests these serial numbers can only contain 1s and 0s.

Repeater Serial Number
This serial number will repeat. It doesn’t matter how many digits are used as long as the whole series of numbers repeats.

Million Serial Number
A serial number with a digit 1 through 10 followed by six zeros.

There are even more special fancy serial numbers where you can use any combination of the above in one s/n. For example you can have a Radar-Repeater-Rotator Serial Number (I.E.: 808808) this would read the same left to right and the same right side up and upside down. This isn’t the only type of combination, there are many more.

These types of pedigrees really change how you can collect a certain country or denomination and adds enjoyment to the hobby. So the next time you get change or take money out of the ATM look down and check those serial numbers - you just might have found something fancy.

Friday, 02 August 2013 13:07

Fractional Shield is a thing of beauty....

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The Fractional Shield is a thing of beauty that few numismatic items can match...

All fractional shields were 20" x 25" where 39 First, Second, and Third issue notes were mounted onto cardboard. The shield consisted of 24 fronts and 19 backs. All notes were printed from original plates between June 1867 and May 1868. The other side was either blank or had the word “specimen” on it. The Treasury Department made these shields as a method of counterfeit detection. They were intended to be sold to banks and post offices for the price of $6 each. The main problem with the Fractional Shield was that neither banks nor post offices actually wanted to buy them so the majority of the shields were stored away for years.

There are three distinct types of shields available (from most to least common): Gray (Fr. 1382), Pink (Fr. 1383) and Green (Fr. 1383a). These colors are the actual paper color of the shield itself. It is estimated that 200-400 gray shields are known, 20-25 pink, and 10-14 greens. Only the pink and green shields have the Grant/Sherman specimens with Colby and Spinner hand signed signatures. While the gray shield has a Jeffries and Spinner hand signed signature.

An interesting feature is the watermark that appears on these notes. The watermark reads “CSA” and was from paper that was made in England from seaweed pulp. It was transported to America by the British made ship Bermuda but was stopped by the Union ship, Mercedita. The Union ship Mercedita finally stopped the Bermuda from adding to the Confederate supplies as the Bermuda had successfully navigated the Union’s blockade once before. Many of the notes on the shield have either partial or complete imprints of the “CSA” watermark.

Unfortunately many of the stored shields were damaged due to flooding during a natural disaster. The shields were stored on the floor of a basement standing upright. The basement received up to 6 inches of water. For this reason many of the shields you will see at auction or for sale will have water damage or discoloration. There are premiums attached to undamaged pieces.

To learn more about pricing, please see these auction results: Gray Shield, Pink Shield and Green Shield. Again, as with anything, condition is key and be willing to pay less for a poorer condition shield or more for a pristine shield with original frame.

I do need to clarify that at this time PMG is not grading shields. However, if you have one and want to show it off, please feel free to stop on by our booth at our next show. We’ll gladly take a look and admire a great piece of numismatic history.

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Friday, 02 August 2013 13:01

Grand Watermelon note sells for $1,527,500

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Grand Watermelon note sells for $1,527,500

Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) has graded and encapsulated the extremely rare Fr-379a 1890 $1,000 Treasury Note, considered to be the most famous US note type. Commonly called the “Grand Watermelon,” the note received its nickname because the three zeros on the back resemble watermelons. PMG has graded this note Extremely Fine 45 Net.

This specimen recently sold for $1,527,500, joining an exclusive group of million-dollar notes. Only seven examples of the Grand Watermelon are believed to exist and just three are in private hands. The note certified by PMG is attributed to the reference number Friedberg-379a, which is identified by the large brown seal.

The Grand Watermelon notes were made as a result of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890, which required the US Treasury to purchase up to 4.5 million ounces of silver at market prices. The silver was purchased with Treasury Notes in denominations of $1 to $1,000 that could then be redeemed for either gold or silver coins. This earned the Treasury Notes the nickname “Coin Notes.”

These notes were popular because they could be redeemed for both gold and silver coins, as opposed to Silver Certificates that could only be redeemed for silver coins. This special status resulted in higher redemption rates which, combined with minuscule print runs for large denominations, resulted in an extremely low survival rate.

The Grand Watermelon is not only historically important, but also a unique and highly desirable design. In 100 Greatest American Currency Notes, Q. David Bowers and David M. Sundman ranked this note type number one.




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