Inconsistencies, Gaps, &c.
The following is an incomplete and somewhat disorganised pile of questions for
which I have either no answer or several contradictory answers. I'd greatly
appreciate assistance in resolving any of these issues. If you have any additional
information relating to any of the questions on this page, please send me an email.
The big one
- Where can I find monthly production data before August 1976? Did the BEP even
issue monthly reports before then? And if not, are there any other records available
which give printing months/dates for specific serial number ranges?
Stars, stars, stars....
- What are the official serial number ranges for the star notes in (a) the 1934
series FRNs, (b) the 1950 series $20, $50, and $100 FRNs, (c) the Series 1928 $10 and
$20 GCs, and (d) the 1933 series $10 SCs?
- Which star serial numbers were skipped over in the 1963 and 1969 series FRNs
(besides the $1's) and in the 1935D-H and 1957 series $1 SCs? All of these issues
were printed in skip-numbered press runs, so there should be a gap in the star serials
for each time the regular notes finish a complete block. So far I can't find a
complete official list of the precise ranges printed and skipped for anything except
the $1 FRNs (in O'Donnell). I'm working on creating my own list,
though; if you have any stars from these series, please check the Star Note Survey to see if your notes fall into
serial ranges I'm still trying to verify. Thanks!
- Why do the Series 2001 $1 K..* notes begin at K 032 00001 *? Was
there an earlier print run that the BEP reports failed to include? And,
similarly, why are assorted other star runs skipped over from time to time--and
do any of these unreported runs actually exist?
- What was actually printed in Series 1995 $1 A..* run 1 and in Series 1999 $5 BE..*
run 3? In each case, notes have been reported with serials and plate positions that
contradict the BEP reports, but I don't have enough such reports to piece together an
- What new uncut sheet blocks have been printed recently? I don't have a good
source for regular updates on these....
- More generally, what are the precise serial number ranges and print run lengths
for all of the modern uncut sheets? I'm working on compiling this
data myself too; see the survey page, and please
contribute any data you may have...thanks!
- There are still a few ranges in the COPE/conventional tables that my references
don't agree on. (Yes, I know that wasn't a question....)
- Relatedly, there seem to have been two noticeably different variants of the COPE
serials, with the early ones (1969B-1969C era) looking much less distinct from the
conventional variety than the later ones. Does anybody know when, or why, the change
- Also on the COPE/conventional subject, why do some 1977-1981-era notes have
squarish conventional-style G's in their serial numbers, long after all overprinting
was done by COPE? In all other cases, the differences in serial typefaces seem to
correlate with the different overprinting methods...or are there other exceptions that
haven't been noted as yet?
- I need to overhaul the explanation of the wide/narrow plate varieties in the
History of Currency Designs section in light of new research, just as soon as I
understand it all myself.... (And, no, that wasn't a question either.)
- What specific paper compositions were used for the various 1928 and 1935
experimental notes? "Special paper" and "different paper" in most of the references
aren't very enlightening; and what fragmentary information I've seen elsewhere hasn't