Here's a Specific $1 Bill That Might Actually Be Worth a Fortune
The dollar bill you have in your pocket may be worth a lot more than you think.
Next time you make or get some change in $1 bills, take a quick look at the serial number. You may unknowingly be carrying a small fortune around in your back pocket.
A sale of a $1 bill with an unusual number garnered its lucky owner a cool $2,500. Wouldn't that come in handy right about now?
MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND
Just like there are stamp collectors who spend huge sums of money to acquire a stamp who might have a face value of 50 cents, there are people who have an equal passion for money.
Numismatists collect coins and currency bills from all eras, and all over the world, but a recent craze has transformed the modest $1 bill into a sought-after commodity.
According to Cool Serial Numbers founder Dave Undis, a $1 bill with the serial number 00000002 is valued at $2,500.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS
So how do you know if you have a fortune in your pocket or tucked away in that old piggy-bank? A website Cool Serial Numbers lists the most sought after bills and their serial number.
An interesting serial number can push the value of your $1 bill from anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
Numismatists will shell out big bucks for what they call a "radar number" which is the numeric version of a palindrome – a word reads the same backward and forwards.
Repeating digits are also popular, or ladder numbers in which every number is either lower or higher than the previous digit, for example, 12345678 or 98765432.
A FAD THAT'S CATCHING ON
It used to be that collecting bills was a rarified hobby, but the fad for collecting those $1 bills with the unusual numbers has caught on.
According to Cool Serial Numbers founder Dave Undis, a $1 bill with the serial number 00000002 is valued at $2,500, while a $5 bill sold for a cool $13,000.
So before you count out those dollar bills to pay for something or make change, take a good look at those serial numbers. You may be giving away a small fortune.
COLLECTIBLE CHRISTMAS CARDS CAN BE WORTH HUNDREDS OF $
Just like those humble $1 bills, the Christmas cards you get in the mail and save in a shoe box can be worth a lot more than you think.
According to Terry Kovel, co-author of the book "Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide," some Christmas cards can be worth a pretty penny.
Collecting vintage cards is in fashion, and a good specimen can go from $10 to $50. Rarer pieces can rake in three, or even four, digits.
The older the card, the higher the value, so if you have some Victorian or Edwardian relics tucked away in the attic, you may be sitting on a small fortune.
Collectors especially prize cards depicting a historical scene, such as a war or famous event. Highly valued are also special editions printed in very small quantities, increasing their value.
Cards signed and sent by a celebrity are also extremely valuable and can reach high prices at an auction. So before you throw those old Christmas cards away, take another look.