Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Katherens Davalos Ortega


I  have a  one  dollar  Federal Reserve  Note Series 1981
L39497596E which is  personally autographed in Ink across  the  front  by Katherens Davalos Ortega who,I believe,later  became Secretary of  the Treasury .Any idea on  value?

What you have is known as a courtesy autograph.  It is fairly common for signers on currency to do this when requested.  As far as value - if the note is in perfect condition then somewhere between $10 and $30 might be accurate.  Modern courtesy autographs are not a type of rare currency.  Most signers are very accessible and often come to collector events to sign items.  

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I can answer any question relating to valuing US Currency and rare coins. My specialty is national currency, large-size currency, and small size issues between 1928 and 1957. Many bank notes have variables that can make two seemingly identical notes have very different values. That is why it is so important to work with an expert. I also work with rare Canadian banknotes as well as some other foreign currency (mostly British Commonwealth countries).


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