Your $1 Bill May Worth Thousands

How many times have you stopped to take a closer look at the money you carry around? If you have never done this, you might have missed the chance to cash in much more than the value of the bill itself. Believe it or not, there are some $1 bills out there that are worth thousands of dollars. So what differentiates a conventional dollar bill from one that can make you rich? Keep reading to find out.

Overvalued Bills

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Image Credits: Public Domain Files

It seems unbelievable that some bills are worth much more than others. Believe when we say it: there are $1 bills that can be worth almost 3 thousand dollars. But why are they so special? The answer is simpler than you think.

Check Your Serial Numbers!

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Image Credits: Pxfuel

It all depends on the serial number. But what is that? It is an eight-digit number located on the front, usually on the right side of a bill. Take a magnifying glass and check it out! If you own a dollar with a special one, you'll get much more money for your bill than you expected. So who decided that some numbers are worth a ton of money?

Special Collectibles

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Image Credits: Flickr/Gisela Giardino

It's all because of people that like to collect them. Some of these bills are seen as collector's items since they are very rare and unique. But who are those people and where can you find them? Probably at an auction house, right? They are easier to reach than you may think.

Everything Is Done Online

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Image Credits: CoolSerialNumbers.com

There is a website called CoolSerialNumbers.com that helps to connect rare money owners and people who collect it. There, they are always seeking for dollar bills, as well as other currencies, that contain special serial numbers. And if you meet their criteria, the reward can be unbelievable!

Valuable Money

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If you have a bill that meets their demands, they're ready to pay hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars for it! So get your money out of your wallet and start to check if you have one of the special numbers. These are some patterns to watch out for...

Lucky Patterns 

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Image Credits: Reddit/GCV250

If you have $1 bills with seven repeating digits in a row, like 09999999, 29999999, or 81111111, you'll are probably richer now! Also, if one of the one-dollar bills has seven numbers of a kind, like 00090000 or 90999999, they are worth more than you think. Another lucky pattern is double quads on your $1, like 88880000, for example. But these are not the only ones.

Wanted Patterns

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Image Credits: Reddit/NarcoCholo

if you want to know all the patterns sought, just go to the "Wanted" page on the Coolserialnumbers website. There are many opportunities for you to get some extra money! But don't be sad if you don't find your serial number there. There are other ways to get extra money for your bill.

Bills for Sale

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Image Credits: CoolSerialNumbers.com

The website's collectors often have a "For Sale" page with several one-dollar bills selling for as much as $1,250, in addition to the "Wanted" list. They also often feature some $2, $5, $10, $20, and $50 bills that are also worth more than their written value. If you don't like this website, you can also sell them somewhere else.

Selling on eBay

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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons

Many people are selling their bills on eBay. Unique bills there might not be going for thousands of dollars, but they can make you some extra cash. For example, a $1 bill is being sold for $125 for a radar serial number. Not bad, right? But if you have more unique bills, maybe you should choose a more professional option.

Fancy Places to Sell

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Image Credits: Flickr/mcmorgan

According to Dave Undis, the head collector at CoolSerialNumbers.com, "Currency auction houses are also good, especially for the more valuable notes. My favorites are Heritage Auctions and Lyn Knight Auctions." And remember, not only repeating numbers are special...

Check Unusual Numbers

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Image Credits: Needpix

Don't let some "weird" looking numbers go unnoticed! Sequences like "31415927" are worth $25,000! You may ask why. The reason is quite simple: if you remember your math classes, you'll see these are some digits of the PI number. But is it really possible to find them?

Easier to Find Than You Think

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Image Credits: Pxfuel

Since these dollar bills are so pricey, we believe it's fair to assume there's little chance you'll discover one in your wallet. But it's easier to find one of those than you may think, especially when it comes to non-repetitive numbers. Most people don't really pay attention to them and always make sure they are not fakeHowever, there are ways to increase your chances of finding a special bill.

Always Pay Attention

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Image Credits: Flickr/Hloom Templates

One of them is to work in a place that receives cash frequently. Shops have an increased cash flow, so if you check your bills every day, you might find something special. But don't lose your hope if you don't work at these places. There is always a chance to find one in your wallet. What if you see a flaw in your banknote?

Love Their Flaws

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Image Credits: Reddit

If you manage to find bills with extra letters, weak ink on a number, or with some other error, you might be even luckier than you think. A flawed is not, as you may imagine, worthless. They are very collectible and super rare. You won't believe how much they are worth...

Pricey Mistake

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Image Credits: Youtube/HiddenTreasureHunter

For example, a $1 bill that had insufficient inking in one of its serial numbers is being sold for $1000 on the Coolserialnumbers website. That is 999 times more than its original value. And people can offer even more money for it. Amazing right?

If there is one we can be sure about, it's that no one will ever look at their dollar bills the same way after reading this article. Did you find a special serial number on your banknotes? We would love to hear about your findings. If you haven't examined your bills yet, go check them out now!

Sources: Daily Mail, Money Factory, Money CrashersCool Serial Numbers, PMG Notes, Pratt Library, Cornell, Math, Inquirer.

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