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Sometimes you just get lucky

I always wanted a webnote and a Barr dollar. Yes, I could have gone out and bought them but I thought it would be more fun to keep looking at my singles when I get them.

Years have gone by with no luck until the next best thing happened.

A couple weeks ago I picked up a small collection and in it was several web notes, yeah success. Then earlier this week I picked up another small collection and it had in it several (some consecutive) unc/au Barr dollars.
lighting struck twice within two weeks after years of searching. 🙂

What’s even better is I have several of each so I can sell some and keep the best.


  • Steve_in_TampaSteve_in_Tampa Posts: 1,734 ✭✭✭✭✭

    When you say that you “picked up a collection”, does this mean you paid a premium over face value to obtain these notes from a previous collector ?

  • PppPpp Posts: 445 ✭✭✭✭

    Steve_in_tampa: thank you. I primarily collect coins and these were package deals including the currency. I was not sure what these bills are worth so the owner quickly looked them up and said two to five dollars each. I thought more but I wanted them so he included them in the deal.
    Both parties were happy with the outcome.

  • Steve_in_TampaSteve_in_Tampa Posts: 1,734 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Excellent @Ppp
    Your last line says it all - “Both parties were happy with the outcome”

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,238 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 28, 2023 6:36AM

    I hate hearing about web notes...it's a very sore subject for me. :s

    Back when they were issued a friend and I noticed all these one dollar bills with numbers in a different place. After a while they stopped turning up.

    I did save one, but I had spent so many other crisp ones before I knew what they were.

  • sellitstoresellitstore Posts: 2,242 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm pretty sure that the first Web note that I encountered in circulation was a 1988A NY district. Thinking that NY was always considered a common district, I spent it. It turned out to be a good note as few 1988A NYs were printed. I started saving every Web note and even buying them from my bank teller at $1.40 each. Never came across another 1988A NY in circulation, although I sold many in lots on Ebay. Not sure if I made money or not, as I think that $1.40 is probably pretty close to what I averaged selling them, too.

    They haven't achieved the popularity that I was hoping for 30 years ago. Will they ever? Probably not. But Web press printed notes are an interesting major type of $1 FRNs, and collecting $1 FRNs will probably always be popular.

    Collector and dealer in obsolete currency. Always buying all obsolete bank notes and scrip.
  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations. I like these short stories

  • ConshyboyConshyboy Posts: 302 ✭✭✭✭

    Can you school me on the terms webnote and Barr dollar? I only collect coins

  • Steve_in_TampaSteve_in_Tampa Posts: 1,734 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Conshyboy said:
    Can you school me on the terms webnote and Barr dollar? I only collect coins

    A Web note is a note printed on a press that utilizes a roll of paper opposed to a press that is fed sheets. Web notes were $1 FRNs printed for a portion of series 1988A, 1993 and 1995 notes. The notes are minus the Plate Position number typically seen on the left side of the face.

    A Barr dollar, or Barr note is any series 1963B $1 note. It has Joseph Barr’s signature as Secretary of the Treasury on the right side of the note. His tenure as Secretary of the Treasury was brief causing speculation of the future value of the notes at the time.

    You can also Google both terms for a more detailed description.

  • Glen2022Glen2022 Posts: 809 ✭✭✭✭

    @Conshyboy said:
    Can you school me on the terms webnote and Barr dollar? I only collect coins

    Barr was Secretary of the Treasury for about 1 month from Dec 1968 to Jan 1969 under Lyndon Johnson. His signature is on the 'Barr" notes. See the example above.

    Don"t know anything about web notes.

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