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October 15, 2018

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Rare $1,000 bill on ‘Pawn Stars’ becomes Old Man’s keepsake



Murray Sawchuck, Rick Harrison and Corey Harrison.

Pawn Stars

“Pawn Stars” hero Rick Harrison was thrilled with his purchase of a rare $1,000 bill from 1918, but his father, Richard “Old Man” Harrison, didn’t want it resold. A customer who had been given it by his grandmother brought it into Gold & Silver Pawnshop, and according to The History Channel’s top-rated show, the C note was one of 150 printed.

Rick’s offer of $2,500 was accepted, and he sent it to The Federal Reserve for evaluation and grading. Government moneymen recorded it as “25/very fine,” and Rick estimated its worth at $7,000 or more. Unusual that money is often worth more than its face value!

Said Rick: “Very few people walked around with these, so there’s not many in circulation. Old high-dollar bills can go for tens of thousands of dollars. It’s a true collector’s item.”

Trouble is, he won’t be reselling it for a while as his father agreed with his observation -- and decided to keep it for himself. Incidentally, on next Monday’s new episode of “Pawn Stars,” Tropicana headliner magician Murray Sawchuck appears as a magic expert checking out a unique pair of handcuffs.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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