I Have A Red Ink 1963 Five Dollar Bill, What Is The Value?


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Arianna Vaccaro answered
A Red Ink 1963 Five Dollar Bill is worth very little.  Generally, the value of an old five dollar bill (or indeed a paper bill from any currency) will vary depending on a number of factors.

1. Date.  There are a few examples of US bills being worth considerable amounts of money; for example, a surviving note from the 19th century is likely to be worth several hundred dollars.  On the other hand, a 1963 five dollar bill with a red ink seal will be a United States Note, a type of paper currency issued in the US between 1862 and 1971.

2. Condition.  Collectors will look at not only the date, in this case 1963, but also the condition of the five dollar bill - is it folded, torn, stained or worn?  Does it have any distinguishing features (such as printing errors) which are likely to make it rarer and thus more valuable?

3. Features.  A 1963 note bears a close resemblance to a contemporary five dollar note, with the key difference that it has a red treasury seal rather than a green one. It will still be legal tender, though these old notes are rare nowadays as paper money in circulation tends to get worn quickly.

For further reading about these US Notes, see

There is nothing therefore particularly rare or unusual about a red ink 1963 US five dollar bill, and it is unlikely to be worth significantly more than the face value of five dollars.  The US currency auctions website lists it's value as between $5-$7 if it was circulated at any time, or up to $18 should it be a much rarer pristine uncirculated note.

It’s possible that if it is in perfect condition it might be worth something in many years to come, as it becomes rarer, but not at the moment.  So it’s probably worth putting away somewhere safe, clean and dry, and leaving it to future generations as a possible investment, or an interesting curiosity in years to come.

If you are interested in a more detailed specific valuation, try visiting a local coin and currency collector shop, where they can take a closer look at the actual note.
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Anonymous answered
It is worth more than face value. How much I'm not certain because paper money isn't what I typically collect. I do know the urban legend says it was red to mourn Kennedy's death. Historically this was a transitional time for the paper money because it was around this time that the words "In God We Trust" were added to the back, as well as the phrase "Will pay to the bearer on demand" was changed to the modern "This note is legal tender for all debts public and private" - But simply put it is worth something more than face value

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