Error Notes or Money Mistakes
Occasionally, the Bureau of Engraving
and Printing (BEP) makes mistakes or errors when printing our paper
money. These so-called error notes are quite collectable to certain
paper money collectors, which are our clients. If you have a bill
that appears to be authentic, but looks unusual or not normal, it may
be an error note.
If you are considering selling your
error note, please send us scans of your bill and we will advise you
how much we can offer you for it. If you have any question regarding a
bill that you believe has an error or mistake, please contact us at
our toll free number at 1-877-396-5322. You can also send us scans of
your error note or ship it to us and we will advise you how much it is
Some of the more
common types of errors produced at the BEP include:
Offset Errors - All or some of the
front printing is on the back of the bill or the back printing is on
the front of the bill.
Alignment Problems - The overprint,
which is the seal and serial numbers, is shifted and misaligned. The
overprint could be shifted to the left or right and it could be shifted
up or down.
Fold Errors - This type of error has a
vertical or horizontal fold through the front and/or back of the bill
or there could be an overlapping fold at one of the corners of the
Inking Errors - In this this type of
error, the bill may be over or under inked or it may have an ink smear
on either the front or back of the bill.
Missing Prints - These type of errors
may have the printing on the front or back which is completely missing
or the seal and serial numbers may be missing. Also, the seal and
serial numbers may be on the back of the bill instead of the front.
Double Denomination Errors - In this
type of error, the bill will have two different denominations. The
front of the bill will have one denomination and the back will have a
Inverted Errors - Either the front or
the back of the note will be inverted or upside down or the overprint
will be upside down or inverted.