Is it worth it to check your paper money to see if they are collectible or valuable?

While it can be time consuming, I always check my bills to see if they are “star” bills. When bills are printed, it is not uncommon to have one in a set that is spoiled or unacceptable for circulation. It is usually cut out of the page of bills and a “star” bill is substituted as a replacement banknote.

Star bills have an asterisk(*) at the end of the serial number.

Replacement banknote – Wikipedia

Here is a typical star note (image from Wikipedia)

More from the internet:

What’s In Your Wallet? 15 Bills Worth Way More Than Face Value

Star Note Lookup and Data

Star notes are collectible and you can check eBay for current values.

Other bills, like Silver Certificates and Gold Certificates, and error bills are more unusual and note often found in change from the grocery store – but don’t let this stop you from looking!  If you find a bill that seems “off”, google it to see if it may be valuable.  You never know!

I had a friend who owned a small coffee shop, and he told me that a kid came in and paid for a lot of candy with a bunch of coins – at the time he didn’t think anything of it, but when he went through the till at closing, he realized they were all old silver coins.  While he never saw that kid again, he felt bad – because the young man did not know what he was buying candy with.

Bills with very rare errors, like mismatched serial numbers, alignment errors, and more — have a tremendous premium at resale. Look at these on eBay!

Even if you are not in a cash business, I would strongly recommend that you take a closer look at the bills in your wallet on a regular basis — because you never know what you may find!

Should you find some unusual or rare bills, put them aside, and try to find their value with a google search, etc. Sometimes a coin shop will give you a wholesale value offer on them, especially if you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling on eBay!

Welcome to Pocket Change Riches

Valet tray (coins not included) from Amazon

By Alan Chenkin, who jingles his coins…

With Credit cards and smart phone payments we hardly need to carry cash anymore.  While it makes me a bit of a throwback, I will miss the bulge and jingle of change in my pocket.  For example, slot machines Have been using paper money, credit cards, for wagering and paper slips for winnings when you cash out.  They used to have big trays to catch the players winnings, and the noise of all the coins dropping was like a siren call to all the nearby gamblers.  Casinos used to distribute sealed towelettes to slot machine players because of the dirt that would accumulate on their hands from handling coins while playing.  And kept coin cups nearby to hold the winnings of the lucky players! 

In my man cave, I have always been in the habit of throwing my loose change in a cup on my dresser every evening.  every so often I will sort it out, and hunt for coins of value;  old silver coins – the odd foreign penny or farthing; sometimes a Euro – so I can celebrate my “find” and put them aside.  For the older silver and well preserved coins I have “Coin Flips”, for keeping the coins clean after I wipe them with a cotton sock, er, “coin cleaning rag”.

Coin Flip Assortment - Cardboard 2x2 Holders - 25 each of 6 Sizes
2×2 coin flips from Amazon
Collecting coins is almost a passive hobby in this way – seeking finds in pocket change (ergo “Pocket Change Riches”) and finding fun collectible coins in stores, on EBay, or yard sales.  We all have need for money, and what painless way to accumulate coins and potential wealth, just by emptying your pockets!
I hope you will join me in this journey of coin collecting and enjoyment as I answer questions from my readers and post them.  feel free to comment or share, and I will respond to any requests or queries to the best of my ability.
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