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Hi Ronald. Let me start off by thanking you for ending my long frustrating search for possible answers on these bills. The web is full of confusing & uninformative help on coins/paper $.

So I have two $5 bills, year 1999, with missing letters in the seal.

The 1st bill is.. BF 00104763 A ( It is missing the "E" in the word "States" on the federal reserve system seal.

The 2nd bill is.. Bf 06588988 A ( It is missing the "S" in states & the "M" in the word system. Also on the same federal reserve seal on the left of bill.

Both bills seem off in a way that I can't put my finger on. Mind you I have ZERO understanding in this area. With the photos added is there anything you can tell me? Is it an error? If yes why can't I find another on similar anywhere?

Thank you so much in advance. I appreciate any help you can provide.


I believe they are minor print errors caused by clogging of the print plates by ink and fiber from the paper. These would continue to be printed until the press operator observed the sheets in periodic inspection. They could get larger over time. At best they may be worth double face, but they are fairly common with only one or two letters "blocked out". I'll provide you a link where you can learn more about the printing of our currency. and

Here's the link for you to view different types of error currency and their values.


You may want to check US currency listings on eBay from time to time to see if your note is listed what this type of item may bring.

If you live close to a local shop, they should offer an opinion as to the value at no charge. Always try and get at least two opinions and try and deal with PNG dealers if possible. If you should decide to sell your item to a dealer, remember they will offer about 50% to 60% of the retail value. Here's a link to find one in your area:

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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.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

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

Awards and Honors
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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