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Are United States 1980-1995 dollar bills really so expensive and rare?

I am interested in the standard Unitest States 1980-1995 dollar bills (federal reserve notes), nothing fancy absolutely. No special serial numbers, no errors, no especially extra grade, no rare issues, no anything fancy. Just dollar bills with the usual nice design (black, money-green, green) that was use for dollar bills for decades before 1995-2000 redesign of dollars.

But when I am trying to buy such bills on ebay or on any other site, then I see that those bills are very rare and quite expensive. E.g. 5$ bill costs at least 18$ and the there is almost no choice.

My guess is that such pre-199t issues should be found in every american home and it is no rarity. But still - market is pricing them very high.

What is the situation with the old, nice-looking dollar bills? Maybe ebay is not the best place to buy them?

I am living in Europe, so, there is no change for me to go to US and to look around for bills in the flea markets in American towns.


  • mfontesmfontes Posts: 146 ✭✭✭

    You have to be careful on ebay. There are a lot of uneducated sellers who think all currency is rare. There are so many variables that could make a note rare, but finding notes that you want to buy should not be that difficult. Remember if the notes are graded then they will be much more as grading costs could add $15 to the price of a note. One dollar bills in circulation last about 18 months so they are constantly being replaced. Special, low, fancy and unique serial numbers will have a premium.

    Try Robert http://www.fstctycurr.com/ for these notes. He has been around for many years and is respected. He will have the notes you are looking for and the prices will be reasonable.

    You can also try https://apdcurrency.com/ Another good dealer who is respected and has been around for a long time.

  • Steve_in_TampaSteve_in_Tampa Posts: 1,720 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Both good suggestions @mfontes , and one more is Allen’s, very fairly priced. http://www.allensinc.com/coins/currency/small_type_currency_2.htm

  • mfontesmfontes Posts: 146 ✭✭✭

    Oh yeah I forgot about Allens. I found a lot notes that I needed on their website. Good luck hunting.

  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for sharing the links.

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