Seldom Seen Selections:’s $10 Silver Certificate Changeover Pair


A Miami mansion was recently being renovated. The contractor hired to do the job was making his way through one of the mansion’s bathrooms, slowly clearing debris and old walls. Suddenly, almost out of nowhere, he spotted something that looked out of place: a pile of USA currency – including packs of $5 and $20 Federal Reserve Notes – was situated behind the sink, appearing to be a long forgotten hoard of emergency cash from a former mansion owner.

After the currency was removed, the home owner sold it to Marc Michaelson ( and David Manley (, two major Florida USA paper money dealers, specializing in high denomination notes. Later, the notes were slabbed by PCGS and made their way to eBay, offered by Jess Lipka (eBay userid: denoms), one of the most prolific note sellers online.

Included in what was called the “Miami Mansion Hoard” were two sets of $10 silver certificate changeover pairs. was lucky to purchase both sets, one of which is featured below. A changeover pair occurs when two consecutively numbered notes from the same sheet have different series year marks or signatures. In the case of the notes listed below, one bears the series of 1934 marking with serial number A84119874A, while the very next note, numbered A84119875A, bears the series of 1934 A marking. If separated and evaluated independent of one another, these notes would pass as good examples of $10 1934 / 1934 A silver certificate type notes, and nothing more. Together, however, their rarity is much more certain and quite surprising given the fact they were stashed behind a bathroom sink in a 1930’s Miami mansion.

The mansion owner and contractor later split the proceeds from the sale to Michaelson and Manley 50/50. If you live in an old house, check your sinks! There could be any number of treasures waiting for you!

We’ll happily entertain offers on these notes, but will probably not sell them unless the money is right. Write: for more information.
Miami Mansion Hoard $10 Silver Certificates Changeover Pair Obverses

More about – Operated by Marc Michaelson, is one of the leading resellers of high denomination notes ($500-$1,000-$5,000-$10,000) in the USA. Michaelson offers a regular flow of great high denomination type notes, high denomination rarities, plus a solid selection of Gold Certificates from all denominations.

More about – The Currency House is based in sunny Deltona Florida, run by noted high denomination expert David Manley. Manley offers a vast selection of $500 and $1000 notes, including gold certificates, type notes, and fancy serial numbered notes. Additionally, The Currency House sells rare and desirable $5,000 and $10,000 notes. Visit now and make an offer!

Battle of the Bank Notes 2:’s $50 Star Number One FRN vs. Jhon E. Cash’s $5 Star Number One FRN


We’re back with another “Battle of the Bank Notes”.

Today we feature another selection from the Jhon E. Cash collection, plus a heavy hitter from the website, which offers a stunning selection of US currency, both Large Size and Small Size.

Let’s have a look at two very rare Star Number One Notes, both of which are for sale:

Here’s Cash’s Note:

This show-stopper from the Jhon E. Cash collection is unique. Cash can find no other example of a $5 FRN Star Number One note being offered in any major online auction, or for sale by another dealer. The grade appears to be a conservative PMG 58 Choice About Uncirculated, with generous margins and the “Exceptional Paper Quality” designation.

Asking price: $44,500 USD

Notes:  Unique for all $5 Federal Reserve Notes.

Next, here’s’s Note:

The team at holds this note in high regard, and rightly so. It is only 1 of 2 recorded $50 Star Number One notes available to the collecting community. The other note grades VF at best, while this specimen brings the house down with a solid PCGS 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated grade. The note has amazing margins, and excellent embossing.

Asking price: $40,000 USD

Notes: A nice rarity from recent times. It’s hard to find anything from the 2001 series that is this unique.

More about Jhon E. Cash – Jhon E. Cash is the nation’s leading reseller of ultra-high denomination US currency ($5,000 and $10,000 notes). His website currently lists well over 300 notes for sale, totaling just shy of $4,000,000 in value. Additionally, Cash specializes in Star #1 notes, offering a few choice selections from his personal collection for sale. 1899 $1 Silver Certificate Black Eagle fans will drool looking at an impressive collection of fancy serial numbered notes, all in Uncirculated to Gem condition. Cash works with Brandon Kelley, a noted numismatic expert, to offer a full service website for both coin and paper currency lovers.

More about – Hailing from Royersford, Pennsylvania, Willy and Bill Baeder offer a variety of USA currency rarities, in addition to more common notes. Large Size, Small size, Error Notes, National Bank Notes, Silver Certificates, Gold Certificates, World War 2 Emergency Issues, Federal Reserve Notes, and an impressive collection of Fancy Serial Number Notes can be found at their website. also offers notes on, under the username “wwwusararecom”.

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