You Could Be Holding a $1 Bill Worth Thousands


Think twice before you spend any of the $1 bills in your wallet, as there might be one that could fetch thousands of dollars for you. Currency collectors worldwide are on the hunt for some rare dollar bills, willing to pay up upwards of $150,000 for those with a specific printing error. Two batches of the $1 bills were printed in 2014 and 2016 containing a particular error made by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP). Typically, every bill in circulation needs a unique serial number to identify it, but the BEP had a miscommunication with the Federal Reserve that resulted in 6.4 million pairs of $1 bills with matching serial numbers being circulated before the mistake was noticed. These bills could now be anywhere in the world. Only 9 pairs have been matched so far, leaving millions of rare $1 bills out there. Here’s what to look for: 

  • • The series date located near the photograph of George Washington must read “Series 2013.” 
  • • The bill must have a “B” Federal Reserve Seal above the serial numbers. 
  • • The serial number must end with a star (*) and fall between B00000001*–B00250000* or B03200001*-B09600000*. 

If you're fortunate enough to have one of these $1 bills, the next step is to find the other bill with a matching serial number, and one of the best ways is to utilize social media. You can also find outlets where people are collecting the data, so you can see if the notes are out there already.