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1934A $500 Mule

I'm still pretty new to collecting and just got this back from grading. Can anyone tell me/show me why this is a Mule? Is this one considered a "rare" Mule? Thanks for any help and insight!




  • Steve_in_TampaSteve_in_Tampa Posts: 1,815 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Other than the Back Plate number, regular notes and mules look identical. A mule simply means that the back plate used for printing was carried over from the previous series. Nice note, except for the small edge tear.

  • JamericonJamericon Posts: 437 ✭✭✭
    edited July 26, 2023 6:02PM

    It's a mule because the plate serials are different sizes: the 2 on the face is macro, and the 6 on the back is micro.

    The BEP never made $500 macro backs, so all Series of 1934A $500 FRNs are mules. Series of 1934 $500 FRNs will not be mules because the face plate serials on those plates were also micro.

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,478 ✭✭✭✭✭

    a 55, thats cool

  • John91CJohn91C Posts: 300 ✭✭

    Thank you! I appreciate the education on the Mules!

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