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Old 01-10-2020, 11:50 PM
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Has anyone seen U.S. paper currency dated later than 2013?


If you are American, take some paper money out of your wallet and look at it. Down near the bottom, near the portrait, read the series date. What is it? If you're like me, it says Series 2013, as it has done since...well, since 2013.

Why is this? The series numbers used to change over every few years, especially for ones, but now that isn't happening. I do realize that a single series date can be used for several years of printings, but I've never seen a series date last this long.

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If you are American, take some paper money out of your wallet and look at it. Down near the bottom, near the portrait, read the series date. What is it? If you're like me, it says Series 2013, as it has done since...well, since 2013.

Why is this? The series numbers used to change over every few years, especially for ones, but now that isn't happening. I do realize that a single series date can be used for several years of printings, but I've never seen a series date last this long.

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the "series" date on paper currency indicates the last time the design of that denomination was changed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Series...tates_currency)
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Since when?

Prior to the introduction of enhanced anti-counterfeiting features beginning in the late 1990s, the currency designs had been exactly the same for decades. Yet every few years the series dates would change.

And the $1 bill is still the same as it has been for nearly sixty years.

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Since when?

Prior to the introduction of enhanced anti-counterfeiting features beginning in the late 1990s, the currency designs had been exactly the same for decades. Yet every few years the series dates would change.

And the $1 bill is still the same as it has been for nearly sixty years.

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Firstly, you have to add the closing parenthesis to that Wiki link.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Series...ates_currency)

Secondly, from that link:
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Series 1928 was the first series of modern, small-sized notes issued. Since then, the series year has been changed when there is a major design change to a bill; a minor design change is indicated by a letter suffix being added to the series year. Major design changes were rare until 1974, when William E. Simon became Secretary of the Treasury. Before 1974, a change to either the signature of the Secretary of the Treasury or the Treasurer was considered a minor change; after 1974, a new Secretary of the Treasury was considered a major change.
And from the US Mint's website (which also sells currency as well as coins) (Note: emphasis added):
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This Series 2017 $1 Five–Note Uncut Currency Sheet bears the signatures of Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Treasurer of the United States Jovita Carranza.
https://catalog.usmint.gov/1-five-no...uncut-currency
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Old 01-11-2020, 12:59 AM
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If you are American, take some paper money out of your wallet and look at it. Down near the bottom, near the portrait, read the series date. What is it? If you're like me, it says Series 2013, as it has done since...well, since 2013.

Why is this? The series numbers used to change over every few years, especially for ones, but now that isn't happening. I do realize that a single series date can be used for several years of printings, but I've never seen a series date last this long.
The very first dollar bill in my wallet I checked is Series 2017.
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Old 01-11-2020, 02:11 AM
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The very first dollar bill in my wallet I checked is Series 2017.
I had one of those and 3 2013.

I don't know if this comes into play but from the Wiki link
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"Originally series 2009 $100 notes were scheduled to be released in February 2011, but were delayed due to printing problems. However, due to intense demand for $100 bills from banks, Series 2006A (with the same Cabral-Paulson signatures as series 2006 notes) was printed, using the 1996-era design instead of the new 2004-era design. The new $100 note was finally released in October 2013 as series 2009A, not series 2009 as the defective notes were dated. The 2009 series was sorted, and notes found acceptable were eventually released."

I wonder if there was a lag between when the Series 2017 notes should have been printed and released and when they actually were ------- due to supply/demand or other things?
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Entering most of my currency on the Where's George site I look at series numbers all the time. They're changed for something as minor as the signatures on the bottom changing and indicate not when the bill was placed into circulation, nor printed even, but simply when the plate was engraved. Dollar bills last an average of eighteen months so they tend to have the 2013 series date a lot with a few 2017s showing from time to time. Higher denominations last a lot longer so earlier series abound but right now 2013 is the most common even with them.

If you want to get an idea of when a bill was produced, check the block letter on the right end. That increments each time the eight digits are run through so it starts with, say, L00000000A, gets to L99999999A, then starts anew with L00000000B and so on. How high the block letter gets depends on how long the series lasts and how many bills are printed for that particular Federal Reserve Bank. New York, for example, will reach deeper than Minneapolis.
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Yep, got myself a couple of 20-notes and a handful of singles from Series 2017, signed by Mnuchin and Carranza, and a whole bunch more Series 2009 or 2013 of different denoms.
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I have a 2017 $1 sitting right in front of me.

ETA, that 2017 bill was on the top of a stack of fifty singles. Upon further inspection, there are 10 2017 singles in that stack, so, 20% of them.

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My bad eyes dislike staring at minute digits but I checked the wad of paper in my passport-size wallet anyway, perched atop the toilet with no better way to occupy my time there. (Elsewhere, I waste time otherwise.) Ones, fives, tens, and half the twenties are 2013, with the other twenties being 2009. Yes, I live in the past.
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Old 01-12-2020, 04:15 AM
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$2 bills (which are still being printed) to this day are "Series 1976."
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Old 01-12-2020, 10:59 AM
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Two dollar bills are being printed but I doubt the series is 1976. The WG site I linked to above has, when you open an account, a table showing each series for each denomination and after 1976, the $2 are showing series 1995, 2003, 2003A, 2009, 2013, and 2017A. If you're seeing a fresh, new 1976 series bill it might have been in someone's collection and put in circulation for some reason, or sitting in an FRB vault for a long, long time.

The table has a gray cell if no bills of that denomination were engraved with that series, an orange cell if there are bills available but you have entered none, a yellow cell with n/0 for those you've entered at least one bill but none of them have a hit (subsequent entry by someone else) yet, and finally a white cell with n/n if that series has entries and at least one hit. I have, for example, at the 2017 series a white cell 12/1 for $1, a yellow cell with 1/0 for $10, and an orange cell for $20. The rest are gray as no 2s, 5s, 50s or 100s were produced with that series.
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I am apparently way out of date on this.
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I have 23 bills of various denominations in my wallet. Three of them, all one-dollar bills, are dated 2017. The rest are dated between 2001 and 2013.

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Old 01-12-2020, 04:05 PM
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I've got a series 1928a $5 bill.
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:35 PM
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I've got a series 1928a $5 bill.
What kind of note does it say above the portrait? (i.e. silver or gold certificate, national currency, U.S. note, or federal reserve note?)

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What kind of note does it say above the portrait? (i.e. silver or gold certificate, national currency, U.S. note, or federal reserve note?)

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Federal reserve note, it looks like an old style $5 bill, just really worn

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signed by Mnuchin...
...who has a really boring, albeit legible, signature.
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Old 01-12-2020, 08:18 PM
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Found out if you take a trip to Mt. Kilamanjoro they take US dollars only if the bills are series 2009 or later. Guy who told me that did not know the reason , maybe they are afraid of counterfeit bills.
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Yea, who can forget the whole Mnuchen signature photo debacle when he signed the new notes?
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...who has a really boring, albeit legible, signature.
If my name started with an M followed by an N, you can bet your sweet bippy I'd make damn sure it was super legible.
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If you haven't noticed since 1983 all the US treasurers but one have been female and Hispanic. the other one was female but not Hispanic.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasu..._United_States
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The very first dollar bill in my wallet I checked is Series 2017.
I had all 2009 and 2013 dates among a collection of $20, $10, $5, and $1 bills until the one at the bottom -- a Series 2017 one-dollar Federal Reserve Note.

Anyone remember the Scholastic Arrow Book Barrel of Fun? It featured a trick that entailed betting you could guess the date of a dollar bill your "mark" pulled from his or her wallet. In one edition, the statement was made that "most dollar bills now in circulation are dated 1939. Very few people know this." In a subsequent edition, the year had changed to a later one. Apparently, 2013 is the safest guess today.
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