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Star Notes

People often get confused when they see a star either before or after a serial number on a piece of U.S. currency. When the Bureau of Printing & Engraving discovers an error on a note they will replace it with a “star note.” Stars appear on both large and small size notes. The star will be in front of the serial number on all notes except on Federal Reserve Notes where the star is at the end of the serial number. Since the BEP can’t print a note for the 100,000,000th one in a series, a star note is used instead; there are only eight digits used on the printing machines. Star notes are popular and sought after by collectors. Some of the earlier date stars are very expensive. It’s good for collectors that the BEP doesn’t catch all it's mistakes when printing currency, which creates another aspect of our hobby -- collecting “error” notes. But that’s another subject!

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  1. $1 Series 1999 U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note FR 1924 C-* $1 Series 1999 U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note FR 1924 C-*

    $8.00

    S/N C 00913129 *
    Series 1999
    Star Note
    Gem CU Condition Learn More
  2. U.S. 1969D Dallas $1 Federal Reserve Star Note | Obverse U.S. 1969D Dallas $1 Federal Reserve Star Note

    $14.00

    S/N K 04692580 *
    Series 1969D
    Gem CU Condition
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  3. U.S. 1995 Kansas City $1 Federal Reserve Star Note | Obverse U.S. 1995 Kansas City $1 Federal Reserve Star Note

    $22.00

    S/N J 00003217 *
    Series 1995
    XF Condition Learn More
  4. U.S. 2006 $20 Federal Reserve Note Star FR2093-E* U.S. 2006 $20 Federal Reserve Note Star FR2093-E*

    $75.00

    S/N IE 02222578 *
    Gem CU Learn More
  5. $50 Series 1950A U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note FR 2108 B * | Obverse $50 Series 1950A U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note FR 2108 B *

    $225.00

    S/N B 00821394 *
    $50 Series 1950A U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note
    New York District
    Very Light Stain
    XF Condition Learn More
  6. U.S. 1950E $10 Chicago Federal Reserve Star Note | Obverse U.S. 1950E $10 Chicago Federal Reserve Star Note

    $275.00

    S/N G 29655395 *
    Series 1950E
    Chicago District
    CU Condition Learn More
  7. $100 Series 1990 U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note FR 2173 J*  | Obverse $100 Series 1990 U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note FR 2173 J*

    $290.00

    S/N J 00183184 *
    $100 Series 1990 U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note
    Signed by Catalina V. Villapando & Nicholas F. Brady
    Crisp Uncirculated Learn More
  8. $100 Series 1950 E U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note FR 2162 L* | Obverse $100 Series 1950 E U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note FR 2162 L*

    $410.00

    S/N L 01136658 *
    $100 Series 1950 E U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note
    San Francisco
    Signed by Kathryn O'Hay Granahan & Henry H. Fowler
    Very Scarce
    Staple Holes, Stain Learn More
  9. $50 Series 2001 U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note FR 2127 B * | Obverse $50 Series 2001 U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note FR 2127 B *

    $465.00

    S/N CB 00238555 *
    $50 Series 2001 U.S. Federal Reserve Note, Star Note FR 2127 B *
    Signed by Rosario Marin and Paul H. O'Neill
    Very Scarce
    XF-AU Condition Learn More

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