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A "Where's George?" Long-Lost Bill Resurfaces

 
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 Posted 04/09/2021  1:57 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I stopped actively participating in Where's George? a long, long time ago, mostly because of the lousy hit rate. Mark up 100 notes and you might get 2 or 3 hits. The math gets worse for 2nd or 3rd hits for a note. Even worse a note might be taken out of circulation for wear or because it had been marked on before it had any hits at all.

Well, yesterday I received an email from Where's George letting me know a note I had entered 16+ years ago had a hit (its first). It had only traveled 307 miles in all those years so it must have been stashed away somewhere.



Anyway, thought I'd share. Happy Friday!
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 Posted 04/09/2021  2:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hah, yeah, I'll bet it smells like clean socks....
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 Posted 04/09/2021  3:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jmkendall to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have often wondered about these, thank you!
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 Posted 04/09/2021  3:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SteveInTampa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm familiar with WG and participated in some of the forum discussions but never was a big fan. Mostly because many of the WG members use a stamp to increase potential hits (I'm guessing) which ruins the note for collectors. Congratulations on the 16+ years hit on your entry.
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 Posted 04/09/2021  5:12 pm  Show Profile   Check walk2dwater's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add walk2dwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
We have "Where's Willy?" for $5 up here in Canada & my first experience with it was finding a 2004 BER $10 stamped with the "Where's Willy?" tracking info. https://www.whereswilly.com/ [They were supposed to track $5 but someone thought he'd stamp a $10] It's like a backwater cousin to the Where's George site.

The 2004 was the more common year/prefix change-over (from 2003) but still a nice note to collect & it was crisp. Came from Quebec but I had to throw it back into the wild (due to the ink). Only saw a couple rags with the same prefix so wasn't too impressed with the whole stamping/tracking business of these sites. But then I mellowed out a little and did find it interesting to see where the notes would travel from (all the while hoping I didn't come across another)

But that discovery (after 16 years) is interesting 'CelticKnot' thanks for sharing. [Sort of coincides with my experience 16 or 17 years ago with that $10 BER from 2004]. There is also a EuroBillTracker site out there:
https://en.eurobilltracker.com/about/
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 Posted 04/09/2021  7:25 pm  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's travelled farther than I have in 16 years.
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 Posted 04/09/2021  10:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
It's travelled farther than I have in 16 years.



WG is pretty entertaining if nothing else. Like I said, folks, I haven't marked notes for WG in 15 years or so. I was gobsmacked to see that this one hit, so many years later.

@Steve, as far as ruining any collector value, I wasn't marking fresh, crisp straps of notes. Everything I marked was from circulation and already had wear on it. Again, the poor hit rate was discouraging so I gave it up, long before I became a collector of U.S. currency. Live and learn, I suppose.
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 Posted 04/10/2021  01:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've had a few pass through my hands (in years back) and had no idea what was up with WGs...So I can honestly say some have made their way to Ca.
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 Posted 04/10/2021  9:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Greasy, yeah, you may be surprised if you delve into some of the WG stats. They get broken down as far as ZIP code.
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 Posted 04/15/2021  02:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DoubleEagle20 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Low denomination notes don't really travel as much as one would think. They just tend to go around and around within a certain region for the most part.

The $100's are the ones that seem to travel the most. I've seen them quite commonly with Arabic stamps.
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