Coin and Paper Money Collecting/barr note


why is barrs signature on a note from 1963, if he wasn't a treasurer until 1968?



Before the 1970's, a letter was added after the series year when either of the signatures on a piece of U.S. paper currency changed. In April 1965, Henry H. Fowler became Treasury Secretary, and so all of the Federal Reserve notes, including the new $1 one, became Series 1963A. In December 1968, Joseph W. Barr became Treasury Secretary, thus beginning Series 1963B, at least for $1 notes (higher denominations didn't make the switch).

Joseph Barr was only in office 28 days, so it was believed that notes that he signed would have extra collectible value. About 458.8 million Series 1963B $1 notes were produced, however, so they are not rare. Uncirculated and less-common varieties of 1963Bs, such as star notes, do sell for over face value, though none are exceptionally valuable. Star notes, which are replacements for notes with printing errors, represent about 2.65 percent of the total 1963B run.  

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


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AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

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1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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