Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Faceless dollar


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QUESTION: I also have a faceless dollar, see attached photo
I know the history of this bill .It came directly from the bank in a banded stack, somebody would have to have erased rubbed the face off from the bank , and put it back in the banded stack of new bills back in 1970 when the teller discovered it. I don't think the face could be rubbed off as perfect as it is.
  As far as I can tell the texture is all the same, there is no difference between the white areas on the bill and the white featureless area.When I tilt the bill just right to the light there is a slight sheen over the complete bill ,no difference in the faceless area. If it had been I would think there would be a difference in texture!
Where is a reliable place to have it authenticated or graded NY state?

ANSWER: James:

Try: any that deal in currency should be able to help you. Call or contact by e-mail first to save time.

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QUESTION: Thank you for the reply.
I have had this bill a long time and it is a curio I enjoy having.
If authenticated as a legitimate error note what do you feel an estimated value would be?
Keep in mind the Del Monte note and what it sold for!

 It appears that most  experts feel based on photos I have provided  this faceless bill must have been tampered with.
Therefor I feel if authentic it must be a very rare occurrence and of substantial value.
How is the ink removed after printing and would it leave telltale evidence?
What should I look for as evidence of tampering?


Del Monte Note different type error. The renowned Del Monte note is an instance of the more uncommon US paper money errors. This $20 bill has a red, green and yellow Del Monte banana sticker affixed to it. Since the Treasury prints the front first and then adds the serial numbers in an overprint, the sticker has actually become a part of the note, having actually become affixed between the two printing processes.

Yours, if real, likely from an obstruction on paper, but more likely a large board break. Probably would retail in the $300 to $500 range. For an example of a board break, see: The left side of the $20 is missing the design, and appears as a blank, similiar to your faceless note.

Ink can be removed by solvents, or, believe it or not, an eraser. Under magnification, you should be able to detect if an eraser has worn the paper by use in removal of the ink.

Here's an interesting link with additional links to fake error currency:

Hope this helps.  

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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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