“To ERR is human…”

Everyone makes mistakes. In the world of Paper Money, these “mistakes” can often turn into blessings. An example of this would be the $2 1899 Silver Certificate, commonly referred to as the Agricultural Note, with an Inverted Face featured below.


The BEP (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) tries to stop all misprinted money from being released into circulation; however, sometimes notes are missed. While these types of Error Notes are not always rare, they are quite popular. Value of these notes is based on both the rarity and severity of the error, and, as always, the condition of the note.

Here are a few of the many different types of misprints that can occur during printing:

Gutter Folds ~ 9-14-2016-10-03-54-amThis happens when the uncut sheet of paper is sent through the printer with a wrinkle in it. It often results in blank creases as well.



9-14-2016-10-04-22-amInk Smears ~ While pretty self explanatory, this is due to ink from the press being passed onto the note.



document-495Printed Folds ~ This type of misprint happens when the uncut sheet is folded over when being pressed. There are many different types of this kind of Error Note due to different placement and size of the folds.




These are just a few of the multitude of Errors and Misprints that can happen during the printing process.