Collectors are going bananas over one of the most famous banknote errors in US history. Up for auction January 22nd by Heritage Auctions, the Del Monte Note.
When was the Del Monte note printed?
This banana sticker became affixed in the mid-1990s during the printing process at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing facility in Fort Worth”. But instead of being destroyed, it was released into circulation.
History of the Del Monte $20 Bill
In 2004, a college student discovered the bill in Ohio when he made an ATM withdrawal, it later sold on eBay for ten thousand dollars.
Background from 2005: When is a Del Monte Banana Sticker Worth $20,000?
In 2006 the Famed “Del Monte” Note Brings $25,300 at Auction! From the press release:
Dallas, Texas: The renowned “Del Monte” note, offered at auction by Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers (HG&A) realized $25,300 in their current Signature Auction on January 2, 2006, being in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Orlando, Florida. It sold to an anonymous Texas collector. Read the 2006 press release.
How much is the Del Monte Note worth?
Heritage Auctions sold the note for $25,300 dollars in 2006, and we sold it again 15 years later as part of Heritage’s FUN Currency Signature Auction.
Collectors Go Bananas and Pay Nearly $400,000 For Del Monte-Stickered $20 Bill
DALLAS, Texas (Jan. 22, 2020) — Collectors broke out into a banana bidding war Friday evening and pushed the auction price of a $20 bill featuring a Del Monte banana sticker to nearly $400,000 at a public auction of rare, U.S. currency held by Heritage Auctions. Read the full Del Monte note press release.
Del Monte Note Featured in the Heritage Auctions Highlights Video:
Read more about The Del Monte Note in The Intelligent Collector.