Scott Lindquist Guarantee

“I will not knowingly sell any item that has been repaired, restored, cleaned, pressed or conserved in any way without full disclosure to the potential buyer.” All items guaranteed genuine with a 14 day return privilege if returned as shipped in original holder.

Paper Standards

Gem = GEM CRISP UNCIRCULATED: Natural, original paper wave and embossing, sharp corners, no handling or paper flaws.

CCU = CHOICE CRISP UNCIRCULATED: May have light counting marks, a soft corner, small paper flaws or a dirt smudge.

CU = CRISP UNCIRCULATED: No trace of circulation with crisp paper although with noticeable marks or smudges.  May have pinholes, aged paper, rounded corners or a corner tip fold provided it doesn’t extend into the design.

AU = ABOUT or ALMOST UNCIRCULATED: May have corner folds or a single center fold. A note that has seen very little circulation but is no longer ‘uncirculated’.

EF = EXTRA FINE: Two to three hard folds with minimal soiling, the paper should still be very crisp and exhibit some embossing, especially if the type generally has strong embossing for the issue, such as Legal Tenders of all denominations.

VF = VERY FINE: Several folds and light soiling.  Some paper crispness or body remains but will have lost some of its color.

F = FINE: All crispness gone, but still fairly clean and attractive. Edges may be a bit rough. Fine is usually the lowest grade most collectors will accept in their collections.

VG = VERY GOOD: Heavily circulated, worn and soiled.  No paper separations at the folds caused by wear, although edge nicks and tiny tears are possible.

G = Good: Paper very limp and soiled.  Folds could be separating from use and could have ink staining and tears.

Centering Standards

To avoid confusion these standards will not be used for notes below the grade of AU.

Very Fine (VF): Full margins and well centered on both sides with only a slight shift evident.

Fine (F): The shift is obvious but not objectionable.  Could be well centered, but with narrow margins.

Average (A): One or more margins are close or touching, or the note in general is very off-center.

Glossary and Abbreviations

Back Plate Number: The tiny number in the lower right, except on web $1 FRNs where it is in the upper right, which represents the back printing plate control number.

BP: Back plate

Block: The prefix-suffix letter or star combinations appearing in a serial number. I.e., serial B99887766A is from the BA block, as *12345678D is from the *D block.

DB: Date Back

Embossing: Generally refers to the punch through effect from the front to the back of the third printing process. The serial number and treasury seal are the main focal points of this printing characteristic which is viewed on the back of the note.

FRBN: Federal Reserve Bank Note. Issued under emergency declaration by FDR in 1933 on National Currency stock. Issued with brown seals and serial numbers in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.

FRN: Federal Reserve Note. The only note issued from 1928 to present in every denomination still circulating and many that no longer circulate. Issued with green seal and serial numbers.

Front Plate Number: The tiny number in the lower right on the face of the note which follows the plate position letter and represents the front printing plate control number.

Fp: Front plate

GC: Gold certificate which was issued only on the 1928 series in $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000, $5000 and $10000 denominations with gold seal and serial numbers.

LT or USN: Legal Tender or United States Note. The red seal note issued only in $1, $2, $5 and $100 denominations.

Mule: A mule is a note that has a micro size check number on one side and a macro size on the other. Micro numbers measure 0.6mm high whereas the macro numbers are 1mm high.

Motto: The “In God We Trust” motto added to the back of more contemporary issues beginning with the $1 SC 1935G series creating notes “with motto” or “no motto” varieties. The law passed in 1955 with the first notes released for circulation in Oct. 1957

NA : North Africa notes issued for use by the military during World War II for payment of personnel in combat. Silver certificates issued with yellow instead of blue treasury seal in $1, $5, and $10 denominations.

P#: Pick number and refers to the World Banknote catalog reference number system.

Ph(s): Pinhole or pinholes.

PB: Plain Back

Plate Position Letter: The letter preceding the front plate number, i.e. C121.

Raw: A note that has not been ‘slabbed’ or third party graded or certified. (Uncertified)

RS: Red Seal

SC: Silver Certificate. Backed by silver and printed with blue Treasury seal and serial numbers.

Slabbed: A third party graded or certified note. (Certified)

Slider: A note that slides between two grade ranges. Normally a Choice AU note that ‘slides’ between CH/AU and Uncirculated depending on what kind of light it is viewed under or what day of the week you happen to scrutinize it.

Star Note: Replacement note and refers to the five pointed star preceding or following the serial number and indicates a note used to ‘replace’ notes misprinted or damaged in the production process. Approximately one percent, or less, of notes printed for any given series or district are Star notes.

TPG: Third Party Graded.

WW II: World War II emergency issues. Hawaii and North Africa notes issued with different seal and serial number colors than normal so the note issues could be easily spotted, separated and demonetized if captured in large quantities by the Axis powers.