That seemingly ordinary $5 bill in your back pocket or at the bottom of your purse could hold a hidden treasure, potentially worth a fortune more than its face value.

The bill's condition doesn't matter either, as a 1988 fiver in any state went for over $2000 in the auction just last year.

Here's why it's so much more than "five bucks."

According to GO Banking Rates, some $5 bills bear a "solid" serial number for example—"G88888888 A" —a unique feature where all digits in the serial number are identical, making them a rare find.

Front and back side of the new five dollar bill
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The Penny Hoarder adds that these bills are "extremely valuable and sought after as only about one in 11 million notes have a solid serial number."

Imagine the thrill of discovering a hidden gem in your everyday life.

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Next time you come across a $5 bill, take a moment to inspect those serial numbers.

You never know; you might stumble upon a valuable treasure.


If you do happen upon a $5 with those exact serial numbers, first, congratulations on your luck, and second, consider finding someone who can appraise the bill.

An appraisal could help you understand its true value and decide what to do next.

Just remember, it doesn't matter what shape the bill is in.

Check out this video to see what I'm talking about. Happy hunting!

[H/T NBC 5 Chicago]

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