Topic: Prefix FZT $20  (Read 1255 times)
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« on: May 18, 2024, 10:59:46 am »


Are Prefix FZT Polymer Frontiers Series $20 bills hard to find?
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2024, 07:47:12 pm »

The FZT series was a turn-over prefix - meaning there was change of signature at sometime during the issue.  Therefore, the prefix FZT itself is not rare, but there were less printed with the same signature combinations on them, making two 'short-runs'.  Have a look at the Serial Number Database and look up the prefix $20 FZT and the signature combinations.

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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2024, 09:35:33 am »

Thanks. But the database doesn't show if Lane/Macklem FZT is rare. Anyone knows?
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2024, 10:23:49 am »

Thanks. But the database doesn't show if Lane/Macklem FZT is rare. Anyone knows?
So far very few Lane-Macklem $20 notes of any prefix have been seen in circulation, but we will see many of them eventually. The FZT changeover is at 8 million so only 2 million first prefix FZT Lane-Macklem notes will be issued. They will not be rare by all means, but finding uncirculated notes will be very hard, because (1) $20 is the most common denomination and a lot of prefixes are printed each time, and (2) Prefixes are released in no particular order.
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2024, 10:46:50 am »

Got it. Thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2024, 12:29:10 pm »

Here's a screenshot of the Lane Macklem $20 SNDB data.  So far, nobody has reported the FZT Lane Macklem change over.  In fact, only 55 Lane Macklem $20 have been reported on the SNDB as of today. This data is limited however b/c runs of notes could have been found but only 2 notes will be counted by the database.

AZ sums it up well: tough to say whether the Lane FZT high change-over will be tough but it will likely be a challenge to source on in UNC due to the way they've been released in the past.

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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2024, 06:56:10 pm »

I entered only 2 FZZ into the database but had a couple hundred.  Since the database does not like runs only the first and last note were entered.

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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2024, 08:06:00 pm »

The information I have is that the Lane-Macklem $20 notes began at
FZT 8019000 and ended at
FLH 4364999.

It looks like there are plenty in storage yet!

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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2024, 09:56:10 am »

I rarely see new prefixes these days.  I agree that new prefixes are a hit or miss these days due to being slowly trickled into circulation.  This is what happens when ordering bundles of new bills becomes very expensive, and banks realize it's a lot cheaper to trickle out a few new bills mixed in with mostly recycled bills.

This trend has been happening with $20s for some years now and had evolved to the $50s and now $100s. The rollout of many of the HJ* prefixes on the $100 has been quite slow so far (except for HJA).  HJB was finally released after such a long time (until HJB, much of the HJ* prefixes were released in B.C. and the Prairies, and they may now be starting to appear in Ontario), and HJD is the only outstanding Lane/Macklem prefix yet to be released.
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