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What would make a dollar bill signed by Joseph Barr valuable?


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February 24, 2009 11:13PM

"Barr notes" are assumed to be more valuable than others because Joseph Barr only served as Treasury Secretary for about a month at the end of the Johnson Administration. However nearly half a billion bills with his signature were printed so they only command a slight premium over others from the same era. As of 02/2009 U.S. Currency Auctions lists a fair market value of an uncirculated Barr note at only $2.00. Many sellers on eBay are under the mistaken impression that these bills are rare - or are trying to play off others' lack of knowledge - and are attempting to charge highly inflated prices.