"USA Circulated Currency" Rating System

"Rate" your " USA Circulated Currency" on a scale from 12 to 100

You will notice that the BOTTOM score or Rating is 12, this is the worse your note can possibly be. The High score of 100, this is the maximum only reserved for PERFECT notes even though they were issued by one of the 12 Federal banks. How is this possible? Banks always issue fully banded notes in stacks of 100.

This is not a grading system, it gives a score so you can improve your Collection at a "Glance". It's a Hobby.... and it's FREE to use.

Enter the Serial Number of the Note:

Denomination:

Year of the note:

Look at the OBVERSE side of the Note. The side with the serial number is called the obverse.

1. CORNERS: Make a judgement on the condition of the corners. Scale is 1 to 5 where 5 the corners are perfect.


2. TEARS: Are there any tears on the note. Scale is 1 to 5 where 5=no tears at all on the note. Check examples below.


3. PENCIL or Ink Marks: You have to look at the writing on the note and determine how much you have to remove from it's score. Scale is 1 to 10. Use the notes below to help you decide.

A small pencil or ink mark is 9 , a written value or name is 7, a few wrtten marks in pencil or ink =6, any ink marks= 5 if there is anything erased =0 (never erase anything from a note)


4. Pressed or IRONED: See if the original embossing is visible that =5. It's kind of hard, but do your best. Then give it a score from 1 to 5.

You have to determine if the embossing is still visible. It's very hard sometimes but do your best. It's your grade.


5. CRINKLES /HOLES: Holes are not good BUT for older notes it was common place that notes were stapled and had holes put in it. Crinkles are how much the note was crinkled in your hand & then opened up. Scale 1 to 10, give your honest opinion.


6. COLOR: Determine if the original color is still there. Wear will make color appear dull & missing. (5 or below) Scale 1 to 10. If all the Color is still there, it's 6 to 10.


7. DIRT: No dirt=5:, 4= small amount; 3 = a little more: 2 lots of dirt. 1= total dirt or filthy.
Scale 1 to 5:


8. INK SMEARS: 5 is NONE: 4 a little more: 3 More: 2 lots more: 1 much more: zero tons. 1 to 5 scale:


9. STAINS: No stains=10: 9=coffee, blood, water on Margins: 5-1/2 of the note: 4 Heavy 2 changed color: Scale 1 to 10


10. Margins: You have to determine if the margins around the picture are even. All 4 margins are even=5: 4 one side is off=3: 2 sides off: Scale 1 to 5


11. FOLDS: 10=no folds: 9=very small vertical folds, 7= folds are evident on Horzontal & Vertical, 4=lots of folds. 2=wearing of the picture & folds. Scale 1 to 10.


12. OVERALL Condition: You get to judge the overall condition of your note closest to being PERFECT which equals 20. Just remember "everybody is watching"


Flip the note over & look at the "Reverse" side of the Note.

Remember that the target is to get as high as allowed. This is your note, but anybody who see's your rating will make a judgment themselves. Be FAIR!

You get to "RATE" the REVERSE side of your note. The reverse is ONLY "considered" by experts in the field. With this system, you have a RATING for the both sides of your note.

13. CORNERS: Make a judgement on the condition of the corners. Scale is 1 to 5


14. TEARS: Are there any tears on the note. Scale is 1 to 5. Check to notes below.


15. PENCIL or Ink Marks: You have to look at the writing on the note and determine how much you have to remove from it's score. Scale is 1 to 10. Use the notes below to help you decide.

A small pencil or ink mark is 9 , a written value is 7, a few wrtten marks in pencil or ink =6, any ink marks= 5 if there is anything erased =0 (never erase anything from a note)


16. Pressed or IRONED: See if the original embossing is visible. It's kind of hard, but do your best. Then give it a score from 1 to 5


17. CRINKLES /HOLES: Holes are not good BUT for older notes it was common place that notes were stapled and had holes put in it. Crinkles are how much the note was crinkled in your hand & then opened up. Scale 1 to 10, give your honest opinion.


18. COLOR: Determine if the original color is still there. Wear will make color appear dull & missing. Scale 1 to 10


19. DIRT: No dirt=5:, 4= small amount; 3 = a little more: 2 lots of dirt. 1 total dirt. Scale 1 to 5:


20. INK SMEARS: 5 is NONE: 4 a little more: 3 More: 2 lots more: 1 much more: zero tons. 1 to 5 scale:


21. STAINS: No stains=10: 9=coffee, blood, water on Margins: 5-1/2 of the note: 4 Heavy 2 changed color: Scale 1 to 10


22. Margins: all 4 margins are even=5: 4 one side is off=3: 2 sides off: Scale 1 to 5


23. FOLDS: 10 no folds: 9 very small fold: 7 are evident: Horzontal and vertical= 4 lots of folds 2 wearing away folds scale 1 to 10:


24. OVERALL Condition: You get to judge the overall condition of your note with 20 points for a perfect note. Just remember "everybody is watching"


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So why am I given this system away? The EXPERTS in the field have got to get the Rules straight & stop re-grading the exact same serial numbered note with very different grades. I am trying to make this a HOBBY again. I decided give everybody a chance to RATE their notes for FREE so the HOBBY can continue. GUESSING everytime one removes a note from a persons 'safe-place' what's-the-grade just is not right. How can anyone every improve their collection?

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