In 2006, an uncirculated 1929 $5 bill sold at auction for $12,000. An identical bill in a worn condition may be worth around $75. Collectors determine the value of paper money primarily based on the condition of the bill and the bank from which it was issued.
A 1929 $5 bill issued by a small bank from a sparsely populated area is worth more than an identical bill from a large bank in a major city that produced many copies of the same note. Notes that have a star symbol in the serial number are worth more than notes with only numerals.