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In helping my mother in law sort out some money that her husband collected while he was alive, I came across a five dollar US note from 1953A series with a gold seal and serial numbers.  I cannot seem to find any info on this particular bill.  Can you help me please?

Great question.  We are always happy to help with inquiries about old money, especially when they deal with fakes and reproductions.  

So what you have is one of two things.  It is either chemically altered to appear gold.  Or it has been environmentally damaged so that it looks gold.  1928 was the last year that The United Stated printed money with gold seals.  Some people like to alter the color of bank notes to try and sell them as legitimate errors.  However, it is impossible for colors to be printed wrong by The Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  Sadly, what you have does not command a premium.  It should be worth about $7.

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I can answer any question relating to valuing US Currency. 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 foreign currency (mostly British Commonwealth countries). I have participated either as a buyer or seller in more than 500 different coin auctions.


I have been a full time currency dealer since 2006. I set up at about ten national coin and currency shows per year all across the country. My company has a retail location in Greenville, SC. I also run a website about old money values. I am also currently the director of currency auctions at Stacks Bowers. So I am in a unique position to see, value, and sell millions of dollars worth of paper money on a annual basis. I have been lucky enough to sell hundreds of individual banknotes worth over $10,000. I personally hold several world records for highest price paid for certain categories of banknotes. While I personally don't deal a tremendous amount of coins, I can provide sound advice on where to sell coins in NYC, and other major metro areas across the country. I have seen the worst of the worst and the best of the best when it comes to coin dealers. If you don't want to publicly ask a question then you can always view our coin value guide at

South Carolina Numismatic Association (Life Member and Past Board Member), Society of Paper Money Collectors (Life Member), American Numismatic Association (Member), Florida United Numismatist Association (Member)

Bank Note Reporter, Chicago Tribune, Dozens of Smaller Local Newspapers

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