Fancy Number Banknotes


Many collectors specialize in collecting banknotes with unusual or fancy serial numbers. Some banknotes with sought after numbers can be worth a lot more than those with random numbers.

Examples of fancy numbers are:


solid note


If all the digits in the serial number are the same, it is called a solid note. Solid notes are extremely rare. Examples are 000000, 555555, 444444, and 888888. Serial number 000000 is usually reserved for specimen notes.

Eight (8) is considered the most lucky number for the Chinese people around the world. The word "eight" in Chinese sounds similar to the word meaning "prosperity". So notes with solid number 888888 are highly in demand. Four (4), on the other hand, is a number to avoid because it sounds similar to the word meaning "death".



low number note

Low Serial Number

The lower the serial number, the more valuable is the note. A serial number of 000001 is very hard to get.

The first issues of all Bank of England banknotes ending with 01 are presented to the Queen, with 02 going to the Duke of Edinburgh and 03 to the Prime Minister.





radar note


A serial number that reads the same forwards and backwards is a radar note. For example, number 54344345 shown here is a radar serial number because you can read the same numerical sequence backward.





binary note


A note with a serial number containing just two unique digits is a binary note. An example is number 7575757







doubles note


When a serial number contains pairs of numbers, it's a doubles note. An example of doubles is 11993355.







repeater note


Serial numbers with a sequence of numbers that repeats itself is a repeater. Serial number 11221122 is a repeater.






consecutive note


Consecutive notes are two or more different notes with consecutive serial numbers. You have two consecutive notes if one has a serial number 063348 and the other 063349.





bookends note


A bookends note has a serial number having the same sequence of digits at both ends. An example is serial number 20516320. "20" is the sequence of digits appearing at both the beginning and end of the serial number.






ladder note


When a serial number with digits either in ascending or descending numerical sequence, it's a ladder note. An example of ladder note is serial number 23455432 which also happens to be a radar note.






birthday note


If a serial number contains a sequence of digits representing the year of one's birthday, then it's a birthday note. For example, suppose you were born on November 15, 1953, 11151953 would be your birthday banknote.




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