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The History of the famous Del Monte Note™

(The Banana Note)

 
 

 

 
The story should have started and ended at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth, Texas by an employee realizing that he or she lost the sticker from their banana peel.

However, it didn't. The twenty dollar bill went through the entire Bureau of Engraving and Printing inspection check points until it finally found itself sitting in an ATM Machine somewhere in the state of Ohio.

There, a young college student retrieved it and immediately realized he had a $20.00 bill worth more than face value.

No one knows what steps he took to market his new find, but it is verified that he found E-bay as a profitable outlet.

He listed it for auction and it caught the eye of a collector from Phoenix, Arizona by the name of Daniel Wishnatsky. He won the bid for $10,100.00 in the year 2003.

Not a bad profit for going to the ATM!

Daniel Wishnatsky is a member of the Society of Paper Money Collectors. He felt the Del Monte Note™ should bring two to three times that amount.

He was on the money. January, 2006 he placed the famous bill for auction with the notable Heritage Galleries.

In a small town outside of Fort Worth, Texas Jackie Morales was enjoying his usual breakfast of biscuits and gravy at a fast food restaurant when he read about the twenty dollar bill worth over $10,000.00. Like Mr. Wishnatsky he too thought it was worth two or three times more.

Jackie went back to his business, Texas RV Center Inc., and spoke with his wife Bethany. They both agreed that the Del Monte Note™ would be a wise investment.

$25,300.00 later the happy  Morales couple claimed it as theirs.

The $20.00 Banana Note made it from Fort Worth to Ohio to Arizona to Cleburne, Texas.

Cleburne, Texas is only 30 miles from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It gained a $25,280.00 value along the way.

When the Moraleses were asked what their plans for the Del Monte Note™ were, Bethany replied, "It's an investment. We would of course sell it if the right offer came up but in the meantime we are going to enjoy owning the only one in existence".

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