If you’re lucky enough to have a $100 dollar bill in your pocket right now (spoiler alert: I am never that lucky), please note that the note you currently have will be updated in the not too distant future to a more colorful and vibrant currency. Which is cute. But you know what’s cuter? Your NEW $100 bill could be worth $10,000+.
Why? America. That’s why. Or collectors. Here’s how, via HyperVocal:
THE US GOVERNMENT began numbering its bank notes in 1928, and it has always used eight digits. The serial numbers get stamped onto the bills in order, starting as low as 00000001, and go up one at a time to a maximum of 99999999 (although they don’t always reach that high). One or two capital letters precede the number to designate which Federal Reserve bank is issuing it, and to mark which numerical series, usually starting with A, the note belongs to. Another capital letter follows it.
The simplest fancy numbers are the early ones: The redesigned $100 note with serial number 00000001 is likely to fetch $10,000 to $15,000, according to Dustin Johnston, director of currency for Heritage Auctions in Dallas. A $20 bill that was first off the press in a 2009 run sold in April for $5,581. A $2 bill numbered 0000001 with a star—the star means it replaced a misprinted note with the same number—sold in May 2009 for $29,900.
So keep your eyes peeled for that elusive golden ticket. You never know…