Collectors go bananas for flawed $20 bill
Friday, January 6, 2006; Posted: 2:20 p.m. EST (19:20 GMT)
DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- An ordinary fruit sticker that mysteriously ended up on a $20 bill could spur currency collectors to bid up to 1,000 times the bill's face value at an auction Friday.
The flawed bill bears a red, green and yellow Del Monte sticker next to Andrew Jackson's portrait. The bill originated at a U.S. Treasury Department printing facility in Fort Worth, but how the fruit tag found its way onto the greenback is unknown.
"I've collected for probably seven years now and nothing comes close to the way people react to it -- their eyes pop out," said Daniel Wishnatsky, a Phoenix currency collector who bought the bill in 2003 on the eBay auction Web site for $10,100.
Jason Bradford, president of PCGS Currency in Newport Beach, California, authenticated the error was genuine and not faked outside the printing plant.
Bradford said currency goes through three printing stages: first the back is printed, next the face and then the bill receives serial number and treasury seal stamps.
In the case of the Del Monte note, the seal and serial number are both printed on top of the sticker, meaning the fruit tag must have found its way onto the bill midway through the process, he said.
The note, which is in nearly perfect condition, has achieved celebrity status among currency collectors, appearing on the covers of the Bank Note Reporter and Numismatic News.
I think this is all just a giant conspiracy put forth by the del monte corporation. They probaly worked out a multi-million dollar deal with the treasury department to one day add advertisements to our money. This prototype bill probaly got out by accident before they were really to reveal the program. Soon, all of our money will have corporate sponsers. We won't even have to remember the currency value based on numbers. There will be some sort of system where you get 10 google bills for every del monte bill and a box of crackers costs 2 googles.
Not a bad idea to work out way out of the federal deficit if you think about it.