United States Large Size Star Notes 1910 - 1929
By: Douglas D. Murray & Ray Alfini
Soft Cover / 128 Pages
Actual size of book - 9" H x 5 3/4" W
Published by B N R Press, Port Clinton, OH, U.S.A. (1996)
ISBN 10: 0931960568
ISBN 13: 9780931960567
It was in 1985 that the noted numismatic researcher Douglas D. Murray revolutionized the then little-understood subject of star notes and Large Size United States currency with the publication of the Handbook of United States Large Size Star Notes 1910-1929. Murray took previously unknown information and produced two editions of a book that has been a necessity for all serious collectors and dealers for over twenty years.
Star notes are relatively well known on current-size United States currency and their explanation is fairly straightforward: When a note is found to be imperfect in the course of manufacture, it is replaced with a star note, that is a note bearing a star either before or after the serial number. A star note is also used for the 100,000,000th note in a series since the numbering machines cannot print over eight digits.
In all other respects, a star note is indistinguishable from regular notes, and of course, worth the same face value. Star replacement notes did not appear on large size currency until 1910 (before then there were instances where stars were part of the design). Prior to 1910, misprints were replaced by exact duplicates of the same serial number made by hand.