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    Bizarre Mixed Denomination Error Set

    Mixed Denomination Error Set of Four.
    Fr. 2083-A $20 1996 Federal Reserve Note. PCGS Gem New 65PPQ and Gem New 66PPQ.
    Fr. 2175-A $100 1996 Federal Reserve Note. PCGS Very Choice New 64PPQ and Gem New 65PPQ.
    This mixed denomination set is one of the more unusual errors that we have ever handled. All four of these notes are consecutively numbered, however the first and last notes are of the $20 denomination, with the middle two notes being $100s. This in and of itself is quite strange. The seasoned collector may be thinking that the $20s and $100s were found independently of each other, at which point this set was pieced together by some dishonest individual who then attempted to pass this off as an error. This was our initial inclination as well, but a look at Page 320 of the 10th Edition of the Schwartz-Lindquist Small Size reference shows that the AA-D block was not used on 1996 $100 notes from the Boston district. Only the AA-A and AA-B blocks were used in the serial numbers corresponding to this issue, meaning that the serial numbers that we see here were intended to be printed on $20 examples. The blocks go from AA-A to AA-I on these $20s, but somehow, someway, the $100s snuck in during the 3rd Printing. What is even more shocking perhaps is the doubled Black Seals on the $100 examples. The lower, more prominently printed seals clearly correspond to those printed on $100 examples. The more faded seals, however, display slight differences in the lines contouring the eagle, as well as the shapes of the plants bordering the insignia, which is clearly consistent with seals that are seen on $20s. The printing of the universal Federal Reserve Note seal was part of the 2nd printing process for the Big Head Series 1996 $100 notes. How this bizarre string of errors could have possibly come to fruition, we may never know. What is known, however, is that this is one of the strangest, most peculiar error groups that we have ever offered in one of our auctions. Any estimate here is merely a guess, but when the hammer falls, a plausible outcome may be somewhere between... (Total: 4 notes)


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