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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 13, March 30, 2008, Article 26

THE CASE OF THE MISSING SERIAL NUMBERS

Drew Nyman of Florida furnished a partially obscured image
of his curious $100 bill lacking serial numbers.  Obtained
from the Bank of Palm Beach several years ago, it has been
examined by some knowledgeable people at a FUN show who believed
it to be authentic, but there are still questions about how
this error occurred.

Drew found us by reading an earlier E-Sylum item on our web
site (see link below).  In that article I wrote: "I was naturally
curious when I noticed an ad which showed a U.S. dollar bill
that did NOT have any serial numbers.  Even more curious was
the fact that the Treasury Seal WAS present, an impossibility
since both the seal and the serial numbers are printed together
in the overprinting process."

The image in the ad turned out to have been altered deliberately
to avoid Secret Service scrutiny.  I don't recall seeing a real
note with such an error.  As the article states, such an error
is thought to be impossible.  Although I have a small collection
of error notes, I've not studied the area in detail.  Was I
correct in saying that the serial numbers and Treasury Seal
are printed simultaneously?  If so, how might have this error
occurred?

To view an image of Drew's note, see:
image of Drew's note

 CASE OF THE MISSING SERIAL NUMBERS
 esylum_v02n45a06.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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