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Ink smear on $5 bill

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Linny
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 Posted 02/26/2012  6:59 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Linny to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Please forgive me if I'm in the wrong forum for this question. I have a 1985 $5 bill with an ink smear and I was curious if it added to it's value in any way. Thanks for any help.



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02/26/2012 9:04 pm
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 Posted 02/26/2012  9:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Buddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

I'm not an expert but it sure looks like something went wrong.

Errors can be worth a bit but its a hard market to predict. This bill is worn and that will decreae its value.

I'm interested in seeing what the experts post.....
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 Posted 02/26/2012  11:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add The Bill Collector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If a Bill like that will bring more than $ 5.00 I'm going out and buy some ink.
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 Posted 02/27/2012  12:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dollardime to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with Bill Collector, it looks like it would be easy to fake. Doesn't mean that it isn't genuine but I wouldn't buy it without seeing authentication. Then again, I am new to this game and really have no idea what I'm talking about. Pretty cool error if it's legit.
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02/27/2012 12:04 am
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 Posted 02/27/2012  09:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Linny to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well thank you for your time in looking at it. Just figured it was worth looking into. Thanks again.
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 Posted 02/27/2012  09:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lettow to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This would be a solvent smear. Between printing cycles the plates are cleaned with a solvent. If the solvent is not entirely cleaned off the plate, this is the result.

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 Posted 02/27/2012  5:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Baanos to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Off topic question. Lettow, you seem to know a lot about the printing process, have you ever witnessed it first-hand ?
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 Posted 02/27/2012  6:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ckrakowski to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
yes that is an inksmear and it adds value to the bill even if the bill is circulated.
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 Posted 02/27/2012  7:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add The Bill Collector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Really,
How many would you like to buy, and how much are you paying ?.
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 Posted 02/29/2012  09:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wquinn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:

Off topic question. Lettow, you seem to know a lot about the printing process, have you ever witnessed it first-hand ?


You can see the money actually being printed by taking a tour of the BEP in DC or Fort Worth, TX. I've been to the one in DC and it is a great tour. Pretty impressive to see a stack of $100 sheets that is about 6 feet tall!
http://moneyfactory.gov/tours.html
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 Posted 03/06/2012  2:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wquinn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So what is the conclusion here then? It sounds like Bill Collector says it is a fake. It looks like an authentic ink smear to me.

You should take it to dealer that knows paper money errors and ask for their opinion.
http://en.allexperts.com/q/Coin-Col...-20-bill.htm
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 Posted 03/06/2012  5:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add The Bill Collector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

I didn't mean to say it was fake, what I meant was that it can be duplicated very easily, so how do you prove it's real.

Buying something like that can be very costly and a waste of money unless somehow it can be proven real. I know some artist that can smear ink on a lot or different things and it would be very easy for them to duplicate that bill, the hardest part for the average guy would be the color of the ink but not for an artist, they could match it without a problem.
Be Careful with that kind of thing.
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 Posted 03/07/2012  09:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wquinn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The thing is to get the ink with the right consistency. I've never seen one in person, but I would think the layer of ink would be very minimal in thickness.

It would be interesting to see how easily it can be replicated though.

And I do agree, it is an error that can be replicated and especially with a photo doctored, it can look as an actual error.
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 Posted 03/25/2012  11:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add biggfredd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
, Linny!

Anyone who thinks this would be easy to duplicate should be getting a job with the gubmint's ink supplier.

That's an error, and a particularly major one at that.

My ancient paper book shows it as a $25 item, nowadays on eBay I'd say $100. Looks like you got $65 for it. Good job!
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