Coin and Paper Money Collecting/$50 bill offset


back of $50 bill
back of $50 bill  
I have a 1996 $$50 bill where the back is off set. The bill has been folded at least 4 times and one corner has been crimped.  Is there any value in keeping this or should I just spend it?

I personally like to hold onto any notes with errors on them, when finances allow.  That said, yours isn't a major error that's going to be worth hundreds or thousands.  I would say to spend it if you need to.  I would also strongly suggest measuring the bill, either with a ruler, or against other bills.  There are many unscrupulous people who intentionally alter bills to create the illusion of an offset error.  If you had a bleed-through or misaligned serial numbers, that would be worth something.

I hope this helps.

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Marc Eichler

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I can answer anything relating to modern US coins and paper currency and collecting it. I can also answer some questions about Israeli currency. Please do not ask me about ancient currencies, as this is outside my area of expertise.


I have been an avid collector for many years, and while I specialize in US coinage, right now I am also focusing on silver bouillon. Silver is actually a better investment than gold, which is something a lot of people do not know!

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