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Welcome to the Currency America Newsletter

For your reading pleasure you will find:

• News and commentary

• Practical tips and insight into collecting opportunities and enjoyment

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New $100 Scheduled for Release on Feb. 10, 2011

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This coming February promises to be an exciting time in the news and at your local bank. As fate would have it, both financial ‘guru’ Jim Cramer and conservative commentator Glenn Beck were born on Feb 10th. MadMoney Cramer will probably see the New $100 as the perfect tribute to himself and Beck figure it’s some type of conspiracy by the Democrats.

However, if you prefer the official word, the $100 BankNote Newsletter or NewMoney.gov website will provide you with all the latest details you need, including Podcast instructions. If you’d like to have some real fun, try the Explore the Interactive Note feature.

The dramatic changes in both the look and security features of the New $100, including the Bell in the Inkwell and the 3-D Security Ribbon (no glasses required), may very well prove to be a real boost to the currency collecting hobby.

The New $100 is truly a technological marvel. It also demands your attention. Like our Birthday boys, Cramer & Beck (love ’em or hate ’em), the New $100 is sure to create quite a stir.

1995 $5 Prosperity Sheets Fly Under the Radar

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First note from the 1995 $5 HJ Block.

Sometimes it pays to keep a low profile. However, when it comes to certain collectible currency being publicity shy is a mixed bag. On the plus side, you benefit from more choices and relatively modest prices. On the down side, it tends to restrain values and appreciation for your items.

The best of both worlds is possible when you recognize value before the crowd does.

The 1995 $5 Prosperity Sheets are good candidates for that role. Little known beyond certain hardcore small size collectors, only 1125 eight-note sheets were printed for each block. Printed exclusively for the 8th or St Louis District, the eight limited-edition blocks are H-D through H-K. Each of the notes begins with a minimum of four eights (for example, H8888XXXXJ)).

These notes were marketed extensively to the Asian community, in the U.S. and overseas. As a result, many of these sheets now reside beyond the reach of traditional collectors. For example, the H-G and H-F blocks were sold primarily overseas and are extremely difficult to locate. Single notes from the H-G and H-F sheets have recently sold in the $300-$350 range.

With the Schwartz & Lindquist Small-Size Guide only mentioning these notes in a one-sentence comment on page 139 of their book, it’s easy to see how most collectors have overlooked these.

For more information on this intriguing issue, just visit Prosperity Sheets on our website.

Storing Currency Sheets

After searching high and low for a good and relatively easy way to safely store currency sheets, we came across the Itoya brand of art portfolios. These multi-ring refillable binders include 11 by 14 inch pages that safely and securely hold 8-note sheets in archival quality sleeves. Each sleeve includes an inert archival page that provides some stiffness and allows you to display two currency sheets per sleeve, one on the front and one on the back of the page. The specific product # is RB-11-14.

More information is available at the Itoya website. Itoya products can be purchased directly from most local art stores.

Get Lucky with $2 Notes

The Bureau of Engraving & Printing (BEP) has included a number of scarce $2 Notes in a variety of its Premium and Lucky Money Sets. Here are some highlights.

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$2 Double Lucky Money Set

Limited to only 4,888 sets, this set is the only source for Series 2003A $2 H-C block notes. In the BEP’s words,“this set features, for the first time ever, two crisp uncirculated $2 notes, with serial numbers beginning with ‘8888’, to symbolize good fortune and ‘2008’, to commemorate the New Year. These notes also feature serial numbers with the last four digits matching.” That these are the only source for the 2003 $2 H-C block notes was never trumpeted by the BEP and the lack of any mention in the Schwartz & Lindquist Guide has kept this scarce set a real sleeper. For further info and purchase options just click here.

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Lucky Money 8.8.8. Set

This is another set from the BEP that includes a scarce $2. In this case this set is the only source for the 2003A $2 H-E block note. And once again neither the BEP or Schwartz & Lindquist make mention of this.

Included in this set are the following notes, all beginning with 888 matching serial numbers:
* 2006 $1 A-A block
* 2003A $2 H-E block
* 2006 $5 DF-A block

This set is limited to 8,888 sets and is still available directly from the BEP at a price of $48.88.

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$2 Premium Sets

Only two groups of $2 Premium Sets have ever been issued. They include the Series 1995 $2 Millennium Set and the Series 2003 $2 Premium Set. Both sets include 12 matching serial number star notes and were limited to a total of 2,000 sets each. The Millennium Sets begin with the #20000001 set and the 2003 Premium Set begins with the #00000001 set. With some of the sets broken-up for the purpose of selling individual notes, the total number of complete sets has declined. You can find more information about these at 1995 $2 Millennium Set and 2003 $2 Premium Set.

Did you know....

The website, USPaperMoney.info, is an excellent source for the serial number ranges of all small-size notes. It also includes block and group lists back to the 1935E Series.
The website, AuctionSieve.com, is a powerful search engine designed to make your eBay searches easier and more effective. Try it, you’ll like it.
The 2004A $10 Atlanta Star note is a modern rarity with a commonly understood production of only 9,600 notes. Reliable sources tell us that the actual number released was closer to 7,900. It turns out that 98 of the first 100 sheets (each sheet consisting of 16 notes) were deliberately destroyed by the BEP. In addition, spoilage (damaged sheets) reduced the final number even further.
The 2004 $50 Premium Set is the rarest of all Premium Sets with only 500 sets issued. It was an instant sell-out when offered for sale in January 2006 and remains the last Premium Set issued by the BEP. Known serial numbers range from 00000350 to 00000851. More details can be found here.

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2004 $50 Premium Set Certificate of Authenticity

The BEP considers ‘A’ Suffix Serial Number Notes (B00000301A) to be the first notes officially printed for each of the Federal Reserve Districts.
You can find a BEP Master List of Special Issues by category, name, and series on our website.

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