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If you have a five dollar bill with a brown seal from 1929, it can be a:
The difference between the two is very easy to spot.
A 1929 five dollar federal reserve bank note has a serial number that starts with a letter from A to L, that letter is then followed by 8 numbers and the serial number ends with the letter A or a star symbol.
A national bank note has a serial number that starts with a letter from A to F, that letter is then followed by 6 numbers and the serial number ends with the letter A or nothing.
On the left hand side of the note there will be the title of a bank. All 1929 federal reserve bank notes have the name of their bank in that title – which will have the words “federal reserve bank” in the title.
All 1929 five dollar national bank notes have the words “national bank” in their title.
Charter vs. Letter:
All 1929 national bank notes have a black number written vertically on the right hand side of the front of the five dollar bill.
All 1929 five dollar federal reserve bank notes have a dark black letter printed on the front of the bill four times.
There are a few other differences between 1929 five dollar national bank notes and 1929 brown seal federal reserve bank notes. Use the links at the top of the page or click an image below to learn the more about the values of brown seal 1929 five dollar bills.