About Us

PaperMoneyWanted.com buys your old currency

I’ve enjoyed collecting paper money since elementary school. My first acquisition was an uncirculated 1957B $1 Silver Certificate. I still have it to this day.

It was tough collecting currency on a kid’s budget. So I stuck to Fractionals and affordable small-size notes. And my teenage years were no different. I earned money as a dish washer. Still, part of my meager earnings went to currency.

Brendan Meehan PaperMoneyWanted.com
Brendan Meehan PaperMoneyWanted.com

In 2001 I began learning how to create websites. Coding and development was a headache. But I found a home in search engine optimization. It was more strategy than programming. SEO is the process of improving a website’s search engine results.

Later, I combined SEO with my love of paper money. In 2011 I launched PaperMoneyWanted.com. The goal was to connect paper money sellers with an enthusiastic buyer. I provide customers with free appraisals. Rarer notes will get immediate offers. I’m also happy to research notes for you.

Subsequent changes in the online marketing landscape have necessitated multiple upgrades and design changes. PaperMoneyWanted.com now boasts responsive design for desktop, tablet and mobile browsers. Most of all, you’ll still get the same personalized service, fair offers and easy transactions.

Due to high volume, I can’t reply to all emails and submissions. I buy less than 2% of the notes customers submit.

Questions, Concerns or Media Inquiries?

Call, email or write:

Brendan Meehan
6650 Corporate Center Pkwy
Apt. 1005
Jacksonville, FL 32216-8727

Please allow up to 3 days response for appraisal requests.

Privacy Policy

PaperMoneyWanted.com Privacy Policy

  • Information Collection
  • Information Usage
  • Information Protection
  • Cookie Usage
  • 3rd Party Disclosure
  • 3rd Party Links
  • Google AdSense
  • Fair Information Practices
  • Fair information Practices
  • CalOPPA
  • Our Contact Information

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context.

Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number or other details to help you with your experience.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you register on our site, place an order, fill out a form or enter information on our site.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

  • To personalize your experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested.
  • To quickly process your transactions.
  • To follow up with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries)

How do we protect your information?

  1. We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards.
  2. An external PCI compliant payment gateway handles all CC transactions.
  3. We use regular Malware Scanning.
  4. Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
  5. We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
  6. All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.

Do we use ‘cookies’?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

For instance, we use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services.

We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We use cookies to:

  • Understand and save user’s preferences for future visits.
  • Keep track of advertisements.
  • Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you turn cookies off, Some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly. It won’t affect the user’s experience that make your site experience more efficient and may not function properly.

Third-party disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless we provide users with advance notice.

This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential.

We may also release information when it’s release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety.

However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third-party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.


Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en We use Google AdSense Advertising on our website.

Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on our site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our users based on previous visits to our site and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt-out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google Ad and Content Network privacy policy.

We have implemented the following:

  1. Remarketing with Google AdSense
  2. Google Display Network Impression Reporting
  3. Demographics and Interests Reporting

DoubleClick Platform Integration

We, along with third-party vendors such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.

Opting out:

Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. – See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

  1. Users can visit our site anonymously.
  2. Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.
  3. Our Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’ and can easily be found on the page specified above.
  4. You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes: On our Privacy Policy Page
  5. Can change your personal information: By emailing us
  6. How does our site handle Do Not Track signals? We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
  7. Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking? It’s also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.

Do we let third-parties, including ad networks or plug-ins collect PII from children under 13? No.

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe.

Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:

  • We will notify you via email Within 7 business days
  • We will notify the users via in-site notification Within 7 business days

We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law.

This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.


The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We collect your email address in order to:

  • Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
  • Process orders and to send information and updates pertaining to orders.
  • Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:

  1. Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
  2. Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
  3. Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
  4. Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
  5. Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
  6. Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us pmw@papermoneywanted.com and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Image Submissions and Comments

Currency images and descriptive comments, ‘Submission Data’ provided by clients is stored indefinitely in a database. The database is periodically cleaned to remove old and ‘unnecessary’ records. Unnecessary includes Submission Data which did not receive a purchase offer.

Submission Data is also sent to this website’s Gmail.com account: papermoneysite@gmail.com. Customers will receive most communications from the papermoneysite@gmail.com address.

All Submission Data becomes the property of PaperMoneyWanted.com. This Data is retained to document all interactions with customers.

Also, some images are kept for purposes of researching, tracking and recording rarer examples of collectible currency. Images may be sent to other buyers, dealers, auction houses or paper money researchers or census keepers.

Such transmissions will not include a customer’s name, email, phone, address or other info without express permission of the customer. This commonly occurs when another dealer expresses interest in purchasing a customer’s currency.

Purchase Offer Payment Processing

PaperMoneyWanted.com uses third-party payment processors including, but not limited to, Paypal.com and Escrow.com. Refer to each website’s registration requirements, terms of service, privacy policy and acceptable use policy.

Third-party payment processors do not share any personal financial information with PaperMoneyWanted.com. Such processors may provide a customer’s name, address, phone number and email as part of a transaction’s documentation. See each website for further information.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.

6650 Corporate Center Pkwy, Apt. 1005
Jacksonville, FL 32216-8727
United States
Last Edited on 2018-04-09

Paper Money Reference Guide

Please do not use this website as traditional reference. It is meant for identification and acquisition purposes only. The website owner used personal preferences and rarity criteria to determine which notes are most collectible. Some notes designated as “No collectible value” or “Limited value” may have value to another buyer.

Best Paper Money Reference Guides and Websites

  1. Paper Money of the United States – Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg
    Considered the “Bible” of USA Paper Money Collecting, this book contains expansive information on currency from Colonial times to the present, plus encased postage stamps. Images and data for all Large Size Notes, Small Size Notes, United States Notes (Legal Tender Notes), Treasury or Coin Notes, Interest Bearing Notes, Refunding Certificates, National Bank Notes, Silver Certificates, Gold Certificates, and Fractional Currency are available. You can’t be a serious collector without this book!
    Purchase Paper Money of the United States Here
  2. National Bank Notes – Don C. Kelly
    Combining years of steadfast research, consultation with other collectors, and an intricate systematization of every known issuing bank charter, Kelly’s seminal work sits on the shelves of both major auction houses and casual paper money enthusiasts alike. A succinct introduction and history of National Bank Notes greets the collector, followed by examples of each type issued. The bulk of the book is Kelly’s magnum opus: notes issued, notes known and note values for every National Bank charter. A must have!
    Purchase National Bank Notes Here
  3. Track and Price Currency Software – Sandy Bashover, RCMS Inc.
    Indisputably the best collecting software available; something any serious collector, dealer or auctioneer must have. Track and Price is the ultimate combination of census, price guide and recent valuations in one place. Information is organized by Friedberg number. The number of notes known by condition, serial number and grade are provided in table format. This information is combined with recent values realized at major auctions, eBay and other venues. Finally, Track and Price offers estimated values of most notes by grade. Note values, census and recent sales for National Bank Notes from original issue to 1929 are also included. Information is updated at regular intervals, providing its users with a dynamic resource of paper money information.
    Purchase Track and Price Here

How to Pack and Ship Paper Money

How to Pack Paper Money

Please call with any questions, I will be happy to assist you.

Gather Items:
How to Pack - Gather Items

  • Packing Tape
  • Scissors
  • Legal Envelope
  • Two Pieces cardboard, cut to size of envelope

1. Remove gummed edge from envelope.
How to Pack - Remove Envelope Gummed Edge

2. Place note inside envelope. Leave note in plastic jacket if already enclosed.
How to Pack - Insert Note into envelope carefully

3. Cut 2 pieces of cardboard to size of envelope.
How to Pack - Cut 2 pieces cardboard to size of envelope

4. Sandwich envelope containing note between the cardboard.
How to Pack - Sandwich envelope between cardboard

5. Tape around cardboard sandwich. Top, bottom, left & right.
How to Pack - Sandwich envelope between cardboard

6. Place in USPS, Fedex, UPS or DHL container. Insure for purchase price. Send overnight.

Mailing Address:

Brendan Meehan
6650 Corporate Center Pkwy
Apt. 1005
Jacksonville, FL 32216-8727

Extra Protection: Place cardboard sandwich from Step #5 into a bubble wrap envelope.
How to Pack - Sandwich envelope between cardboard

Purchase Process

Thanks for your consideration. Here’s a purchase process outline. Click links within each step for detailed instructions.

Purchase Process – How it works:

  1. Submit your note. I will reply with an offer if interested.
  2. I pay customers first by Paypal.com or Escrow.com.
  3. Pack and mail the note. Paper money shipping and packing instructions here.
  4. Ship USPS, Fedex, UPS or DHL insured. If note does NOT arrive or arrives damaged I will request a FULL refund. Insuring packages means you get your money back in the rare event something happens.
  5. Enter package tracking number at Paypal.com or Escrow.com. Funds will be released after package has been delivered. Email me the tracking number also.

Paypal Transactions
Fees: Paypal charges customer 2.9% transaction fee.
Withdrawals: FREE to bank account.
Transaction Duration: 5-8 days. Depends on date note shipped, mail service type and speed.
Benefits: Easy and fast for most notes. Low Fees.

  1. Customer is paid first.
  2. Customer packs and mails note. Customer puts tracking code in Paypal system.
  3. I inspect note upon arrival. See potential refund and return situations below.
  4. Paypal releases funds to customer.

Escrow Transactions
Fees: YOU (seller) are responsible for all Escrow fees, amount dependent. Escow.com Fee Calculator here, use “Antique”.
Withdrawals: FREE to bank account.
Transaction Duration: 7-10 days. Depends on date note shipped, mail service type and speed.
Benefits: Great alternative to Paypal. Slower, more deliberate transactions for higher value items. I am Tier 2 Certified with personal ID documents and address certification.

  1. Escrow Transaction will be arranged. Your email address is required.
  2. Customer is paid first.
  3. Customer packs and mails note. Customer provides tracking code to BOTH buyer and Escrow system.
  4. I inspect note upon arrival. See potential refund and return situations below.
  5. Escrow releases funds to customer.

That’s it, thanks for your business!

FAQs and What Ifs:

1. Why didn’t you reply to me?

Answer: Please allow up to 3 days for a reply. If you do not hear from me, I don’t have interest in purchasing your paper money. Please do not submit multiple times unless you are having technical difficulties.

2. How do you formulate offers?

Answer: Offers are determined by reviewing paper money handbooks, auction results and my own collecting preferences. Notes with investment potential may garner extra premium due to potential resale value.

3. Will you meet or beat another person’s offer?

Answer: Yes! In other cases I’ll step aside. I will advise during negotiation.

4. What if my note is extremely valuable?

Answer: I can connect you with reputable national dealers and major auction houses who can afford it.

5. How do you assess my note’s condition?

Answer: Submit high quality photos or scans. I will request the opposite side of the note before making an offer. Read more about paper money grading here.

Photos can only reveal so much about a note. Other factors include paper quality, paper originality, stains, tears and pinholes which can’t be discerned over the internet. Notes can only be graded accurately by manual inspection.

Any potential defects impossible to discern from photographs are built into my best offer.

The above does NOT apply to notes already graded by PMG, PCGS, CGA or other recognized third party grading authorities.

6. What taxes apply on this transaction?

Answer: I do not pay tax in Florida on coin and paper money transactions. The state is known to be a haven for many coin and currency businesses for this reason.

Transactions completed elsewhere may be subject to local and state taxes. We can discuss this during the purchase process.

You may be liable for capital gains. Subtract the purchase price from your original cost. If the amount is positive, consult state and federal law to determine whether you must pay taxes. If the amount is negative, you may be able to claim a capital loss (deduction).

Please speak with an accountant or tax lawyer for guidance. They will offer counsel based on your specific tax situation. Unfortunately, I can not offer you any guidance.

7. What if you don’t like my note upon receiving the package?

Answer: This almost never happens. The following examples would be grounds for refund:

  • The note I purchased does not arrive/is not inside. Signing for a package only indicates USPS or courier has delivered something successfully. I can still request a refund if there is nothing inside or if you shipped something else. Fraud is a criminal act.
  • Note arrives significantly different from the photos you submitted. Examples include: coffee stains, pen marks, handwriting, rips, tears, glue, dirt, other stains. If any of these should have been obvious from your photos, I will request a refund.
  • Substantial shipping delays not discussed when you accepted my offer. I expect notes to ship promptly. Please tell me if there will be any delays. I will also communicate any scheduling conflicts in advance (travel, holidays, etc). If the note doesn’t arrive in a timely manner, I will request a refund.
  • You airbrushed or retouched photos to obscure defects. I will request a refund.
  • Your note is counterfeit or replica. I will request a refund.
  • Your note is laminated (not common). Laminated means permanently sealed inside plastic by heat. The note cannot be removed without substantial chemicals and labor. I will request a refund.
  • Your note can not be readily removed from its plastic jacket or frame (not common). I must be able to remove and hold the note in my hands. I will request a refund.

8. What if I want my note back a week, month, or year later?

Answer: Please contact me as soon as possible. I will advise if the note was sold to someone else. Unfortunately, I can not share a buyer’s name unless the other party agrees. I reserve the right to NOT sell it back unless I can recoup all costs.

I usually have notes graded. This process involves fees, return shipping and insurance. Therefore your buyback price for a note I just had graded would be: Purchase Price + Grading Fee + Return Shipping (to and from grader) + Insurance. Grading, mailing and insurance fees commonly run $100-$250 per note depending on its value.