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I have a 2003 $1 and it has two different serial numbers and, what I believe to be, a major misalignment. The spot where it is cut allows you to see one serial number on the top and a second and different serial number on the bottom. I will try and describe the bill to you. The top of my bill shows Washington's mouth and body and has the serial number on the left side.  It seems to be the bottom of the bill above when being printed.  The bottom of my bill has Washington's nose, eyes and has the serial number on the right side. The serial number on the top is G99343811B and on the bottom is G99363811B. I know this sounds confusing but let me know and I can send you a picture.  Let me know.

Quick Tip:  If the serial number starts with 99 and it is an error, then you should always examine it closely.  Notes with a number that high are all cut from sheets.  Those sheets are sold directly by the bureau of engraving and printing.  So sadly, your note is a fake error and it is only worth face value.  You can learn more about rare paper money by visiting reputable sites.

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Manning Garrett


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

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