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$20 Notes

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FR-2402 | KL-2261

First and Last Issue of the Small Size $20 Gold Certificate

Series 1928 $20 Gold Certificate, Woods - Mellon, Plate# C119/147, S/N A40748949A, 66,204,000 printed

PCGS Very Fine 35

FR-2050D | KL-2277

First Issue of the Small Size $20 Federal Reserve Note

Series 1928 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Cleveland, Tate - Mellon, Plate # I5/91, S/N D07819737A, 10,626,900 printed

PCGS Choice About New 58

Notice the old Treasury Seal and large circular Federal Reserve seal with a number representing the Federal Reserve district.

FR-2051G | KL-2292

Series 1928 A $20 Federal Reserve Note, Chicago, Woods - Mellon, Plate # F2/113, S/N G14612172A

Series 1928 B Variations

FR-2052G

Dark Green Seal (DGS)

Series 1928 B Federal Reserve Note, New York, Woods - Mellon, Plate# K20/66, S/N G15108365A, 17,220,276 printed

PCGS Gem New 65PPQ

Early Series 1928 A $20 Federal Reserve Notes were printed with a dark green seal, but later notes in the series were printed with a light vivid yellow-green seal (some call it an apple green seal). For the Chicago Federal Reserve District, serial numbers G10541757A through G19893492A have the dark green seal.

FR-2052B

Light Green Seal (LGS)

Series 1928 B $20 Federal Reserve Note, New York, Woods - Mellon, Plate# A46/95, S/N B30225925A

PCGS New 62

Early Series 1928 A $20 Federal Reserve Notes were printed with a dark green seal, but later notes in the series were printed with a light vivid yellow-green seal (some call it an apple green seal). For the New York Federal Reserve District, serial numbers B24685189A through B30238010A have the light green seal.

FR-1870E | KL-2266

Series 1929 $20 Federal Reserve Bank Note, Richmond, Plate# H96/156, S/N E01205294A, 1,632,000 printed
Series 1934 Variations

FR-2054C

Light Green Seal (LGS)

Series 1934 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Philadelphia, Julian - Morganthau, Plate# J1/104, S/N C01542670A

PCGS Choice New 63PPQ

Early Series 1934 $20 Federal Reserve Notes were printed with a dark green seal, but later notes in the series were printed with a light vivid yellow-green seal (some call it an apple green seal).

FR-2054I

Light Green Seal (LGS)

Series 1934 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Minneapolis, Julian - Morganthau, Plate# F1/237, S/N I02730726A

Early Series 1934 $20 Federal Reserve Notes were printed with a dark green seal, but later notes in the series were printed with a light vivid yellow-green seal (some call it an apple green seal).

FR-2054J

Light Green Seal (LGS)

Series 1934 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Kansas City, Julian - Morganthau, Plate# L1/120, S/N J01141614A

PMG Choice Uncirculated 64EPQ

Early Series 1934 $20 Federal Reserve Notes were printed with a dark green seal, but later notes in the series were printed with a light vivid yellow-green seal (some call it an apple green seal). For the Kansas City Federal Reserve District, serial numbers J00054968A through J03432025A have the light green seal.

  • FR-2054D, Plate# D5/220, S/N D05289316A, For the Cleveland Federal Reserve District, serial numbers D00000100A through D09259559A have the light green seal

FR-2054I

Dark Green Seal (DGS)

Mule Note

Series 1934 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Minneapolis, Julian - Morganthau, Plate# F16/323, S/N I10183446A

Early Series 1934 $20 Federal Reserve Notes were printed with a dark green seal. For the Minneapolis Federal Reserve District, serial numbers I07925554A through I16816777A have the dark green seal.

Back plate numbers 318 and higher are mule notes.

Forward Changeover Pair

FR-2054C

Forward Changeover Pair

Series 1934 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Philadelphia, Julian - Morganthau, Plate# L27/388, S/N C34945980A, CH CU

Forward Changeover Pair — Changeover pairs occur when the last sheets of an older series mix with the first sheets of a new series. In this case, the next sequential serial number is printed on a Series 1934A note.

FR-2055C

Forward Changeover Pair

Series 1934 A $20 Federal Reserve Note, Philadelphia, Julian - Morganthau, Plate# G30/388, S/N C34945981A, CH CU

Forward Changeover Pair — Changeover pairs occur when the last sheets of an older series mix with the first sheets of a new series. In this case, the previous sequential serial number is printed on a Series 1934 note.

FR-2055B

Mule Note

Series 1934 A $20 Federal Reserve Note, Mule Note, New York, Julian - Morganthau, Plate# G58/316, S/N B37336519A

PCGS Apparent Choice New 66

A note from the Miami Beach Hoard.

Back check numbers 317 and lower are mules.

FR-2055E

Late Finished Back Plate# 204

Series 1934 A $20 Federal Reserve Note, Richmond, Julian - Morganthau, Plate# C31/204, S/N E58853859A

Late-finished small-size plates comprise a little group of interesting but peculiar varieties that came into being during the transition from micro- to macro-size plate check numbers. They are plates that were begun during the micro era, but completed after the macro era began in January 1938. The result was that the micro-era plate check numbers assigned to them came out as macro numbers when they were etched into the plates at the time the plates were finally finished. Back plate 204 was begun on 21 December 1934 — It sat in the plate vault for almost ten years, and it was not finished until 18 March 1944. This chain of events produced a back plate number that was macro-sized. Back plate 204 should have had a micro-sized back plate number since it was begun during the micro era. See the difference between micro-size back plate check number and macro-size back plate check number.

Excellent information from user "gnat" on Collectors Universe Forum

Mules are caused by the combination of a 1934 series note on one side of the note and a 1934A (or later) series on the other. As Jamie explained, 1934 series notes used smaller — about 0.6mm — plate numbers ("micro") and these were changed beginning with the 1934A series to larger — about 1.0mm — plate numbers ("macro"). With the $20 FRNs, there were printed (and you can collect) the complete combination of four different possibilites of fronts and backs:

1934 Regular NoteMicro front and Micro backBack plate# 317 and below
1934 Mule1934 Micro front and 1934A Macro backBack plate# 318 and above
1934A Regular NoteMacro front and Macro backBack plate# 318 and above
1934A Mule1934A Macro front and 1934 Micro backBack plate# 317 and below

For the 1934 $20, the mules are slighly more common than the non-mules. For the 1934A $20, the mules are scarcer than the non-mules. The 1934A mule star notes are scarce and command a good premium.The only particular back plate number to look out for is "204." It is a "late finished back." This means that it has a plate number that falls withing the micro (small) range (under 317), but is acually sized like a macro number (1.0mm). It was completed "late" — after introduction of macro sized numbers. These are found on series 1934, 1934A and 1934B $20 FRNs and can command a premium, the "204 back" stars are very scarce.

Lastly, the sole difference between series 1934 and 1934A is the change in size of the plate numbers (micro to macro). Everything else (signature of Treasury officials, design, etc) remains the same. The BEP thought the change from micro to macro was that important. Hence mules are (imo) major varieties, even if the differences seem very "small."

FR-2056E

Series 1934 B $20 Federal Reserve Note, Richmond, Julian - Vinson, Plate# C52/469, S/N E74560383A

PMG Gem Uncirculated 66EPQ

FR-2304

Hawaii Overprint

Series 1934 C $20 Federal Reserve Note, War Emergency Note - Hawaii Overprint, Julian - Morgenthau, Plate# K34/323, S/N L88835080A

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the US had fears that Japan would overrun Hawaii. If this occurred, large sums of currency could be captured and used to fund their war effort. So, the US decided to issue the same $1 Silver Certificates, $5, $10 and $20 Federal Reserve Notes as used on the mainland, but with a brown seal and serial numbers and overprinted with the word "HAWAII" twice on the front and in large block letters on the back. Because these notes were distinctive, it would make it easy for the US to demonitize the notes if large amounts fell to the enemy. Later in the war, these notes were used in the US held Pacific Islands for the same reasons.

FR-2057H | KL-2353

New Design of the Back

Series 1934 C $20 Federal Reserve Note, St. Louis, Julian - Snyder, Plate# E46/597, S/N H46381049A, 13,276,984 printed

Series 1934 C $20 Federal Reserve note introduced a completely redesigned new back.

Signed by William Alexander (W.A.) Julian, the last male Treasurer of the United States

Series 1934 D Variations

FR-2058B

Narrow Back

Series 1934 D $20 Federal Reserve Note, New York, Clark - Synder, Plate# K161/703, S/N B65966393B

PMG Gem Uncirculated 65EPQ

Signed by Georgia Neese Clark, the first woman Treasurer of the United States

Back plate numbers 670 and higher are narrow back plates, and we're first printed in July 1950. The difference between the narrow and wide backs is a subtle engraving difference.

FR-2058C | KL-2346

Wide Back

Series 1934 D $20 Federal Reserve Note, Philadelphia, Clark - Synder, Plate# H69/594, S/N C64704698A

Signed by Georgia Neese Clark, the first woman Treasurer of the United States

PCGS Gem New 66PPQ

Back plate numbers lower than 670 are wide back plates. The difference between the narrow and wide backs is a subtle engraving difference

FR-2059B

Series 1950 $20 Federal Reserve Note, New York, Clark - Synder, Plate# E73/680, S/N B74008685A

PMG Gem New 65PPQ

FR-2060G

Series 1950 A $20 Federal Reserve Note, Chicago, Priest - Humphrey, Plate# B158/851, S/N G94349713A

FR-2061E

Series 1950 B $20 Federal Reserve Note, Richmond, Priest - Anderson, Plate# C189/916, S/N E60520854B

PCGS Gem New 65PPQ

FR-2062D | KL-2409

Series 1950 C $20 Federal Reserve Note, Cleveland, Smith - Dillon, Plate# F211/910, S/N D47992263B

FR-2063G

Series 1950 D $20 Federal Reserve Note, Chicago, Granahan - Dillon, Plate# E232/978, S/N G02240400D

FR-2064G

Series 1950 E $20 Federal Reserve Note, Chicago, Granahan - Fowler, Plate# D245/992, S/N G22746236D

FR-2065L

Series 1963 $20 Federal Reserve Note, San Francisco, Granahan - Dillon, Plate# E1/8, S/N L03770019A, 7,040,000 printed for the San Francisco Federal Reserve District

FR-2066D

Series 1963 A $20 Federal Reserve Note, Cleveland, Granahan - Fowler, Plate# B52/55, S/N D67382464A

FR-2067D✩

Star Note

Series 1969 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Star Note, Cleveland, Elston - Kennedy, Plate# D34/89, S/N D02464046✩, 2,560,000 printed for the Cleveland Federal Reserve District

FR-2068G

Series 1969 A $20 Federal Reserve Note, Chicago, Kabis - Connally, Plate# C90/117, S/N G15083609B, 80,640,000 printed for te Chicago Federal Reserve District

FR-2069D

Series 1969 B $20 Federal Reserve Note, Cleveland, Bañuelos - Connally, Plate# H157/136, S/N D93591594A

PCGS Extremely Fine 40PPQ

FR-2070D

Series 1969 C $20 Federal Reserve Note, Cleveland, Bañuelos - Schultz, Plate# F175/135, S/N D03470894B

FR-2071K

Series 1974 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Dallas, Neff - Simon, Plate# C158/298, S/N K27084866B

FR-2071J✩

Series 1974 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Star Note, Kansas City, Neff - Simon, Plate# E37/195, S/N J02970948✩, 736,000 printed

FR-2072H

Series 1977 $20 Federal Reserve Note, St. Louis, Morton - Blumenthal, Plate# E398/304, S/N H69052318A

FR-2073L

Series 1981 $20 Federal Reserve Note, San Francisco, Buchanan - Regan, Plate# G478/329, S/N L31621332C

FR-2074L

Series 1981 A $20 Federal Reserve Note, San Francisco, Ortega - Regan, Plate# H229/178, S/N L60744538C

FR-2075B✩ | KL-3737✩

Star Note

Series 1985 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Star Note, New York, Ortega - Baker, Plate# C238/43, S/N B03470043✩, 5,760,000 Star Notes printed for the New York Federal Reserve District

FR-2075B | KL-3737

Missing Black Overprint

Series 1985 $20 Federal Reserve Note, New York, Ortega - Baker, Plate# H39/259, S/N B64707238A

Missing Black Overprint

Relative Rarity Index: R-5

FR-2075G | KL-3742

Error Note — Missing Back Printing

Series 1985 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Chicago, Ortega - Baker, Plate# F469, S/N G96541091G

PCGS About New 50Face of Note

A "Missing Back Printing" error could have been caused by two sheets of paper sticking together during the printing process, leaving one side of one of the sheets unprinted.

FR-2076B✩ | KL-3881✩

Star Note

Series 1988 A $20 Federal Reserve Note, Star Note, New York, Villalpando - Brady, Plate# E189/41, S/N B06873171✩, 6,650,000 Star Notes printed for the New York Federal Reserve District

FR-2076F✩ | KL-3885✩

Star Note

Series 1988 A $20 Federal Reserve Note, Star Note, Atlanta, Villalpando - Brady, Plate# G19/238, S/N F01439087✩, 3,200,000 Star Notes printed for the Atlanta Federal Reserve District

FR-2077B

Series 1990 $20 Federal Reserve Note, New York, Villalpando - Brady, Plate# C60/192, S/N B45319577F

FR-2079L

Series 1993 $20 Federal Reserve Note, San Francisco, Withrow - Bentsen, Plate# D1/21, S/N L90331445A

Printed at the Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, TX.

FR-2079B

Error Note — Printed Foldover

Series 1993 $20 Federal Reserve Note, New York, Withrow - Bentsen, Plate# D9/347, S/N B27991487C

PCGS Very Fine 30

Printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC.

FR-2079E

Error Note — Gutter Fold

Series 1993 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Richmond, Withrow - Bentsen, Plate# A64/4, S/N E94492773F

PCGS Extremely Fine 45PPQ

Printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC.

FR-2081E

Series 1995 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Richmond, Withrow - Rubin, Plate# C56/62, S/N E72498471A

Printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC.

FR-2081L

Series 1995 $20 Federal Reserve Note, San Francisco, Withrow - Rubin, Plate# D54/21, S/N L05568386E

Printed at the Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, TX.

FR-2083D✩ | KL-4165✩

New Design for the $20 Federal Reserve Note

Star Note

Series 1996 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Star Note, San Francisco, Withrow - Rubin, Plate# H106/231, S/N AD04710679✩

Series 1996 $20 Federal Reserve Notes were released into general circulation on 24 Sep 1998.

Series 1996 $20 Federal Reserve Notes have a complete redesign after almost 70 years of small size notes. The notes have a new enlarged portrait of Andrew Jackson with a watermark of the portrait to the right of the Treasury Seal. They also feature micro-lettering at the base of the portrait and the number "20" printed in dichroic ink (dichroic ink causes visible light to be split up into distinct beams of different wavelengths and colors) on the lower right side of the note. A plastic strip glows green under ultraviolet light is embedded to the left of the Universal Federal Reserve Seal. The Federal Reserve Seal is changed to a universal Federal Reserve Seal and printed in black. The serial numbers are also different. They feature an initial letter "A" followed by the letter designating the Federal Reserve District. Just below the serial number on the left side, the district letter and number are printed in black ink.

FR-2083G✩ | KL-4168✩

Bureau of Engraving and Printing U.S. Currency Star Note

Series 1996 Federal Reserve Note, Star Note, Chicago, Withrow - Rubin, Plate# F25/26, S/N AG02900493✩

Star Notes were first used in 1910. They were produced in all demoninations with the sole intent of replacing notes that are removed from regular production for a variety of reasons: research, testing or because of damage. A star note has the security features of other notes. A star note is distinguishable by a star in lieu of a suffix letter at the end of its serial number.

Prior to the use of star notes, notes were replaced with exact duplicates bearing identical serial numbers. However, as production requirements increased, a more expeditious way of replacing notes became needed. Thus, star notes use began to expedite the replacement process and maintain production schedules.

See the full set.

FR-2083L✩ | KL-4173✩

4-Specimen Uncut Sheet of Star Notes

Series 1996 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Star Note, Cleveland, Withrow - Rubin

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FR-2083A - 2083L | KL-4162 - 4173

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Premium Federal Reserve Set — Number 686 of 2,000 Sets Produced

Series 1996 $20 Federal Reserve Note, All 12 Federal Reserve Districts, Withrow - Summers

A presentation from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing featuring all 12 Federal Reserve Districts, each note with the same serial number, but different district prefixes. View Cover and the Boston District Page

Notes in Set
Serial NumberPrintedPlate#
AA00001086ADCA21/5
AB00001086ADCA6/3
AC00001086ADCA29/60
AD00001086ADCA12/12
AE00001086ADCA5/6
AF00001086ADCA17/50
AG00001086AFWA2/8
AH00001086AFWA7/12
AI00001086AFWA8/4
AJ00001086AFWA14/34
AK00001086AFWA15/15
AL00001086AFWA4/1

FR-2085B✩ | KL-4550✩

Star Note

Series 1999 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Star Note, New York, Withrow - Summers, Plate# G80/90, S/N BB04080460✩

Printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC.

FR-2085D | KL-4552

Series 1999 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Cleveland, Withrow - Summers, Plate# D15/13, S/N BD15172378B

PMG Gem Uncirculated 66EPQ

FR-2085D | KL-4552

Error Note — District Designator Variance

Series 1999 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Cleveland, Withrow - Summers, Plate# C4/1, S/N BD58018302A

PMG Very Fine 30

The District Designator "D4" is smaller and located further below the serial number — See Series 1999 $20.00 Federal Reserve Note District Designator Error

FR-2085L✩

Star Note

Series 1999 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Star Note, San Francisco, Withrow - Summers, Plate# H92/30, S/N BL01584639✩

Printed at the Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, TX.

FR-2087B

Series 2001 $20 Federal Reserve Note, New York, Marin - Oneill, Plate# C12/14, S/N CB50000010F

Printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC.

FR-2088K

Bureau of Engraving and Printing "Designs in Motion" Series 2001 & 2004 $20 Matching Set

Series 2001 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Dallas, Marin - Oneill, Plate# A11/12, S/N CK00006312A

Printed at the Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, TX.

First note in the BEP "Designs in Motion" Series 2001 & 2004 $20 Matching Set — The note below has the same serial number.

FR-2090K

Bureau of Engraving and Printing "Designs in Motion" Series 2001 & 2004 $20 Matching Set

Series 2004 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Dallas, Marin - Snow, Plate# A14/2, S/N EK00006312

Second note in the BEP "Designs in Motion" Series 2001 & 2004 $20 Matching Set — The note above has the same serial number.

First Issue of the New Design for the $20 Federal Reserve Note — A safer, smarter and more secure $20 bill began circulating October 9, 2003, as part of the United States government's ongoing effort to stay ahead of counterfeiting and maintain worldwide confidence and trust in United States currency. The redesigned $20 bill was the first in the Series 2004 currency designs, which include enhanced security features and subtle background colors.

The Series 2004 currency remains the same size and uses the same, but enhanced, portraits and historical images, and above all, the world will continue to recognize the new money as quintessentially American.

FR-2090G

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Lucky Money Note

Series 2004 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Chicago, Marin - Snow, Plate# E99/46, S/N EG88889627E

Printed at the Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, TX.

Lucky Money Note — Wishing you success, wealth and fortune with the enclosed uncirculated Federal Reserve Note, which features a serial number beginning with 8888. In many Asian communities, the number 8 signifies wealth and prosperity. May this Lucky Money Note bring you success and may all your wishes be fulfilled in the New Year

"The Panda loves Fortune Bamboo throughout it's life; May peace, love, and happiness fill in your seasons."

Note: The bamboo and the Chinese characters on the front cover are a metallic gold.

FR-2089A

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Evolutions Series 2004 $20 Single Note

New Color of Money

Series 2004 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Boston, Marin - Snow, Plate# A37/40, S/N EA00001883A

On October 9, 2003, the Federal Reserve issued a newly designed $20 bill, the most secure currency in U.S. history. The Series 2004 $20 note features subtle background colors for the first time in U.S. currency since the 1905 $20 Gold Certificate.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced 576,000,000 Series 2004 $20 notes with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston designation. The enclosed $20 note is one of the first 4,000 of these notes produced.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston serves the Federal Reserve District which covers the New England stats of Connecticut (excluding Fairfax County), Massachusetts, Maine, New Hamshire, Rhone Island and Vermont.

The collection includes a full district set of the BEP Series 2004 $20 Single Note - New Color of Money
Federal Reserve DistrictS/NPlate#
BostonEA00001883AA37/40
New YorkEB00002837AA13/25
PhiladelphiaEC00003081AA12/27
ClevelandED00002515AA6/2
RichmondEE00001775AA2/10
AtlantaEF00002527AA32/24
ChicagoEG00002426AA72/60
St. LouisEH00001677AA50/22
MinneapolisEI00001405AA60/17
Kansas CityEJ00000754AA44/10
DallasEK00001226AA14/4
San FranciscoEL00002989AA14/1

FR-2089B

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Evolutions Series 2004 $20 and $50 Matching Set

Series 2004 $20 Federal Reserve Note, New York, Marin - Snow, Plate# A12/27, S/N EB00002064A

Part of the BEP Evolutions Series 2004 $20 and $50 Matching Set package — The paired Series 2004 $50 Federal Reserve Note has the same low serial number!

The collection includes the notes below
Federal Reserve DistrictS/NPlate#
BostonEA00002106AA37/41
New YorkEB00002064AA12/27
PhiladelphiaEC00002034AA13/27
ChicagoEG00002067AA69/60
St. LouisEH00002036AA22/24
MinneapolisEI00002049AA54/20
Kansas CityEJ00002127AA44/14

FR-2091A✩

Star Note
4-Specimen Uncut Sheet

Series 2004 A $20 Federal Reserve Note, Star Note, Boston, Cabral - Snow, Plate# E26/21, S/N GA00153516✩

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FR-2095E

Series 2006 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Richmond, Cabral - Paulson, Plate# H96/93, S/N IE41479373B

FR-2095H

Series 2006 $20 Federal Reserve Note, St. Louis, Cabral - Paulson, Plate# G370/250, S/N IH76426056A

Printed on the new Super Orlof Intaglio (SOI) presses — In the summer of 2008, the BEP's Washington, DC facility began to print $20 notes on the new Super Orlof Intaglio (SOI) presses. These are the presses that will eventually be processing 50-subject sheets, but at the moment they are still producing 32-subject sheets for compatibility with the existing overprinting equipment. The $20 notes printed on the SOI presses can be distinguished by their oversized face plate numbers, which appear similar to the back plate numbers used on Fort Worth plates. For additional information, see SOI Press $20 Notes.

Other SOI notes in the collection:

4-Specimen Uncut Sheet

Series 2009 $20 Federal Reserve Note, New York, Rios - Geithner

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