Collectors Go Bananas for Flawed $20 Bill

Posted on January 6, 2006 

Collectors Go Bananas for Flawed $20 Bill

An ordinary fruit sticker that mysteriously ended up on a $20 bill could spur collectors to bid up to 1,000 times the bill’s face value at an auction Friday.

The “banana note” bears a bright red, green and yellow Del Monte sticker next to Andrew Jackson’s portrait. The flawed bill originated at a U.S. Treasury Department printing facility in Fort Worth, but just how the fruit tag found its way onto the greenback is unknown.

In the case of the banana note, the seal and the serial number are both printed on top of the Del Monte sticker, meaning the fruit tag must have found its way onto the bill midway through the process, he said.

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