*Buying and Selling only the BEST in Fancy Serial Numbered US Currency*

USA Rare was founded in 1998 and became one of the first web based companies specializing in fancy serial numbered currency and the buying and selling of Rare U.S paper money. Building upon 53 years of combined experience in numismatic collectibles, USA Rare was formed to leverage traditional collecting and dealing activities with the emerging market opportunities available through the web. Today USA Rare is one of the largest Fancy serial numbered dealers of US currency in the country.

Since our start, we have developed a client database of over 7500 collectors and dealers. Though large in size, we pride ourselves on maintaining extensive and ongoing personal contact with our clients. This network of active collectors is an invaluable source of new material and an unmatched mechanism for monitoring the ups and downs of the marketplace. We also travel extensively throughout the United States serving want lists and providing auction representation. Our currency inventory is valued in the millions and helps us serve the needs of clients throughout the world.

A family business that started in 1998. But really started in 1968 when William Baeder Sr. first began collecting with a true pursuit on putting together fancy serial numbered currency rather than just buying a type note with a normal serial number. Influenced by Albert A. Grinnell, Amon Carter, Jim Thompson, There always was a niche for collecting fancy serial numbers.

Over the decades of collecting and buying for clients we have put together some of the rarest types of fancy serial numbers ever assembled. Flagship sets, serial #1 denomination sets, solid serial number sets, nine digit notes.

In 2015 Gregory Mucielli joined Usa Rare, Gregory has a sharp eye for Gem uncirculated material. He also has a great method for finding some of the very rare notes that has entered the Nusmistmatic arena over the years. His help with our inventory as well as his inventory hitting the website will improve more area's on the website. Gregory has over 25 years experience in the field. We are improving in more ways than #1.

Our combined experience in the collecting community we can help in finding that special note you've been looking for. Category your collection to making it fit best for when it's time to let it go. Purchase notes from auction houses rather than buy them retail from other dealers. Give you the right opinions towards making the right decision on that next purchase. Knowledge is king.  Never let anyone tell you different.


Please enjoy our web site.  Usarare.com

William Baeder    Usarare@comcast.net

Gregory Muciell    Usarare@gmail.com

Brett Worley    Operations Department   



Fun Show Members Since 2003.
Chester County Currency Club Life Members #126
Society Of  Paper Money Collectors Members.
Michigan Paper Money Club.
American "ANA" Numismatic Members.
William Penn of Philadelphia Members #111
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Thoughts about grading at Usarare.com.

With looking at thousands of notes over the years we have found the differences in notes that are original vs notes that have problems. We can detect with the naked eye notes that have been processed. We believe that 65 percent of the notes in the currency market have been at one point have been processed. Below is a selected grading scale we use on our raw notes. We look at the notes the best we can in the third party holders. It's there opinion that stands behind the notes they grade. However Usarare will still allow you to return the note is your unsatisfied. Satisfaction is a must.

*GEM* #65 or higher  Gem Uncirculated:   Fresh from the day it was printed. Centered just about near perfect or perfect. Paper quality must be all there. No imperfections, No smudges, corners must be sharp. Paper must be bright and original.

*CH-CU* #63-#64   Choice Uncirculated:   Original note, allowed to have a pinch in the paper. Centering can be off on the front and the reverse.  Must still be a bright note.

*AU* #50  About Uncirculated:     Minor teller handling, allowed up to one fold but it better be very light or hard to identify. Very slightly rounded corners.

*XF* #40   Extremely Fine:     Up to three light folds. Corners rounded, or more like saying more pronounced, Note has some gleam to it but not allot!  Embossing is still evident. Massive handling on the note but no real folds could be considered XF.

*VF*  #20-30 Very Fine: Several folds and wrinkle's throughout the note. No tears, slightly soiled from handling. Has some crispiness left. Ink maybe lightly faded.

*F*  #12-15   Fine:     Wear all around. Paper may have the following to a point, dirty, pinholes, tears, staple holes. Colors are clearly enough to identify.

*VG-G* #8-10  Very Good:   Severely rounded corners, staining, discoloration. Very good notes also can be tattered.  No portion of the note may be missing.....or it's considered damaged!

3RD PARTY GRADING OVERVIEW. Courtesy of P.C.G.S Currency.

Our mission at PCGS Currency is to provide the most consistent, unbiased third-party opinions concerning the authenticity and grade of collectible United States currency. In doing so, we intend to create standards that are strict, fair, and realistic in terms of market dictates and demands. Instead of focusing on terms such as “market grading” versus “technical grading”, we have decided instead to take a pragmatic approach to the grading of collectible currency with all the inherent problems and challenges that are involved.
 
Grading currency is not as simple as it might appear. Grading involves aspects of both art and science. Counting the folds in a piece of currency is a relatively easy task, but determining eye appeal and what a note in a certain grade should "look" like takes time, experience, patience, practice, and a certain level of common sense. While the determination of centering and the broadness of margins seems simple (sometimes deceptively so), there are many gray areas involved in the grading process that are not easily tackled. Paper, even of the quality used to print U.S. currency, is ultimately a fragile material that is subject to the abuses of circulation, wear, mishandling, aging, or even severe damage or destruction. Because of its pliable and fragile nature, currency has been subject to many attempts (both well-meaning and malicious) to improve notes both in appearance and grade. Some of these attempts are laudable in that otherwise unattractive and non-collectible specimens of great rarity have been restored to an appearance that makes them far more acceptable to collectors. Other attempts at “improvement” have resulted in the effective destruction of many notes.
 
In between these extremes are the gray areas,dealing with which is much more difficult. Good note restorers are sometimes capable of amazing feats, and even the best experts are sometimes hard-pressed to determine what (if any) work has been done to a note. A minor corner bend or light fold can sometimes be removed with careful and skillful work so that even the closest examination cannot reveal its previous existence. Many notes that have been lightly circulated now appear to be fully New or uncirculated, as they have been pressed or ironed out. Pinholes can be filled or closed, handling marks or finger smudges can be erased, ink marks or stains can be lightened or removed entirely, tears or splits can be closed, and virtually any problem can be attacked to improve the appearance or remove its visual signs. Sometimes, the skill with which these repairs or restorations are executed makes detection difficult or even impossible.
 
The problem is not so much the existence of these gray areas, but their impact on a note’s value. While purists cringe at the fact that many notes that were once AU or even XF are now sold as uncirculated, it boils down to fundamental economics. When a circulated note is pressed and the folds are entirely removed, it again appears “uncirculated.” Because the market currently dictates that most notes are worth more as pressed “uncirculated” notes than in their original state, such restoration is financially rewarded. Any time profit is available the opportunity will be exploited. If the demand remains for such pressed notes, supply will follow and restoration will continue.
 
In the 1970s and early 1980s many uncirculated notes were pressed out flat as a board to remove the original paper wave and embossing that, at the time, was considered a “defect.” Today, while the proponents of paper originality and embossing seem to be in the majority, this may not always be the case. How one approaches this problem is the basis for a reasonable and consistent grading standard. To ignore the problem would be a disservice to those in the marketplace who currently value originality. To place too much blame or detraction upon those notes that are truly beautiful and highly collectible, yet are not wholly original, would be a disservice. Many estimates of the numbers of large size type notes that have been restored in some fashion or another run so high that the supply of truly original notes might be so low as to preclude their collectability.
 
Below is a summary of the approach we will use in assigning a PCGS Currency grade. It is followed by the specific numerical and adjectival nomenclature that we will use in assigning a grade. Different notes may receive the same grade for different reasons, and all notes with a specific numerical grade may not appear identical.


Make sure your notes are 3RD Party graded...... you want to know why?  IT MATTERZ! 

90 Percent of our inventory in the last three years has been transformed into 3rd party holders. P.C.G.S & P.M.G. When it's time to sell your notes there's no if an or BUTT'S! The grade in the holder is where it stands. Of course you can have your opinion.... But the next guy that's want's to buy your notes is not going to settle for a note that's worth a few hundred dollars to find out after storing it, that it's not the correct grade.

Bottomline...... it's worth your investment to have it protected.