You may recall I almost cried a few weeks ago when I took cash I had at home to the bank to make our hospital payment but ever since that happened it got me thinking, how can I not spend the cash I have at home? It was there, it was easy to spend but in a way I liked having cash at home. I have decided instead of keeping brand new $100 bills at home, why not save old vintage $100 bills? Yes, I will probably pay a bit more to acquire them (eBay) but I won't really be able to use them. Yes, they are still 'legal tender' and I could take them to a bank and deposit them since notes don't have expiration dates but since they are antiques I don't think I would do something like that. Over the past few weeks I took my remaining $100 bills and started buying old $100 bills. This is what I have so far:
In there you see 2 $100 bills from 1928 (top right), those notes have a redeemable for gold clause but were changed shortly after FDR came in to office and made all gold ownership illegal. Next we have a $100 bill from 1934, that's the note you see with a bright lime green seal. Next I have 2 $100 bills with red seals, these are actually 'United States Notes' and they were printed in 1966. Existing United States Notes remain valid currency in the United States but none have been issued since 1971. I picked these up since they are becoming more rare and they look really cool. On the top left I have a couple of the older $100 bills you may have seen in circulation prior to 1996. These are brand new, one is from 1990 and the other is from 1977. On the lower left I have a 2001 note with the large portrait, these are still in circulation today but I got it brand new so I'll hold on to is as a collectible. I have a couple more coming in the mail with brown seals, those are actually called 'National Currency' notes which means they were issued by National banks chartered by government.
That's all the bills I have right now. Hopefully I can continue buying them. I found a list online of all the series released and there's also a 1928 Gold Certificate which goes for $1,000 and up! I can't really spend that much on a $100 bill so I'll pass on that one for now. The reason they cost so much is because these are the notes FDR confiscated so very few remain. Below is a picture of what it looks like, if you have one around the house then you have a lot of money in your hands. Ask your grandparents or relatives if they one...
What do you think? Good way to save cash?