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The Story of Change- No not President Obama, I’m talking about money here!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

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The story of American money started more than three centuries ago. Before this, settlers mostly bartered goods for goods. Crops like tobacco and corn and pork and butter were widely used. Learning from the Native Americans who used stringed clamshell beads, or wampum, European colonists adopted the wampum among trades with the Native Americans and then, amongst themselves.

The Massachusetts Bay Colony contracted John Hull to begin minting coins. Hull set up a mint in Boston and began producing “NE” (New England) coins in 1652. The NE coins were very easy to counterfeit, only having NE on one side and XII on the other. The coin was redesigned from 1667-1682. Eventually as more and more people came to the New World and brought their money with them, the settlers and colonists relied on foreign money for buying and selling. Money from Europe, Mexico and South America could be found at any given time. These coins mixed in with the NE coins and wampum and were all used for purchasing, barter and trade.

Early in the 18th century, a large amount of copper coins were imported from England and Ireland for the purpose of making more coins for the colonies. In 1776, dollar-sized coins were produced with a sundial and the inscription “Mind Your Business” on the front and “American Congress We Are One” on the back. These pieces were struck in three different metals; those struck in pewter are scarce or rare, while the silver and brass examples as extremely rare. The Articles of Confederation, adopted on July 9, 1778, gave Congress the ability to place the value on the coins that were struck by each state. At that time, the states each had the right to strike their own coins, there was just no fluidity in their values until the Articles came about.

Finally in 1792 the U.S. Mint was established by Congress. The U.S. Mint makes all U.S. Coins and became an operating bureau of the Treasury Department in 1873. To this day, U.S. coins typically have a mint mark showing which mint it was produced by. The Philadelphia Mint has been the longest in continuous operation, since 1792. The Denver Mint began coin producing in 1906. The newest mints were the West Point, New York, and San Francisco which gained official status in 1988.

From 1965-1968 there were no identifications used to tell where coins were minted. In 1968 the mints resumed putting their initials on the coins. Coins minted in Philadelphia had a P or no letter, Denver has a D, West Point a W and S for San Francisco. To this day, look at your coins and right under the date there should be a letter telling you where that coin was minted and if no letter is present, your coin was minted in Philadelphia!

Coins’ designs and values have changed over the years from the half-penny to silver dollars. The designs will continue to change as society deems it necessary . For now, the coins in your pocket have come a long way to get there because there was a time when there was a lack of United States coins.

Important TrackDollarBills Pointers

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

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For users who avidly track their dollar bills and are wondering if they have to repeat the process exclusivelytrack dollar bills on a dollar-to-dollar basis each and every single time, TrackDollarBills is pleased to inform that it is now possible for users to enter several dollar notes at the same time, although this feature is only available to users who have entered a total of at least one hundred bills, separately. Having done so, these users will also be upgraded to the premium membership status, essentially enabling them to enter more than one dollar note at any given time.

For ardent users who are on a vacation but are wondering how they will continue to track and enter their dollar bills into the site, especially if they don’t have access to the internet, TrackDollarBills suggest that they write down all the information needed by the site on a piece of paper, such as the bill’s series, its serial number, the denomination of the bill, where was the bill obtained from, the physical condition of the note, or any related comments that they may have with regards. They can then enter all the information collected into the site when they return home from their vacation, and hopefully the paper money that they have spent will result in a hit as they do this.

If a bill was received while a user is travelling on a plane or in a bus or even a boat, they can enter in the destination that they were heading to instead. Recording the location that they were originally from also works as well. In the rare event where a user receives back the same bill that they have been tracking down, they are requested to contact the site’s support team for advice as TrackDollarBills doesn’t allow the same dollar bill to be entered in twice by the same user.

Also note that the site ranks its user as well as its participating countries in order to add a little bit of a competitive edge to the whole experience of tracking dollar bills. Statistics and reports are kept on the number of dollar notes that have been entered into the system, as well as the countries that they represent based on the same frequency. These rankings are updated on a daily basis and the site will post and update the countries and the names of those who are in the lead for the last seven days consecutively. Country rankings can be increased by simply encouraging friends and families to take part in this fun and interesting hobby. The more people that enters their dollar bills come from a particular country, the higher the chances of that country taking the lead on the score boards.

In order to avoid unwanted statistical issues or errors, TrackDollarBills users are encouraged to enter in their dollar bills within one week upon receiving them, or as soon as they possibly can. To date, TrackDollarBills have registered a total of 4,763 members. The number of dollar bill entries recorded so far is 32,567 and the overall value of dollar bills tracked up to now exceed more than 2.5 million dollars.

Enter A Dollar Bill

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

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In order for a user to begin tracking down their US paper currency on the TrackDollarBills website they musttrackdollarbills first access the ‘Enter A Dollar Bill,’ page. Of course, this can only be done after they’ve registered as a member and have logged into the site. Once a member has entered all the information required, and upon hitting the ‘submit’ button, they will then be able to view all of the reports, graphs, and statistics generated for that particular dollar bill in question.

The information that a user is required to enter in order to properly track their dollar bills are the bill’s denomination, the bill’s series, it’s serial number, the user’s current zip or postal code, the current country of residence, where was the bill obtained or received from, what is the current condition of the note, and any comments or findings that a user may want to note down on that particular bill.

The denomination of the dollar bill one wishes to track is the first entry which is required. This should essentially be $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100, accordingly. Making sure that the right amount is entered is vital in ensuring an accurate reading.

The next piece of information needed is the bill’s series or the year that the bill is printed. Examples of bill series’ are 2006, 2003A, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1995, 1993, 1988A, 1985, 1981, 1981A, 1977, 1977A, 1969, 1969A, 1969B, 1969C, 1969D, 1963, 1963A, and 1963B. Along with this, the bill’s serial number is also required. The serial number on a dollar bill is notably the most crucial information on the list of questionnaires so users should be very careful about entering this information correctly. Serial numbers are usually alphanumeric and 10 to 11 digits long.

Next, a user will be required to enter his or her current zip or postal code, as well as country. After this information is entered, users will be asked for the location in which they received the bills they wish to track, as well as the current condition of that particular bill. The site recommends that a rating system of brand new, very good condition, decent condition, or poor condition, be used for general standardization.

Last but not least, users can leave any comments that will help with the identification process of the dollar bill, like a tear or a unique marking, or even anecdotes to make the story of the journey of the bill more interesting and colorful. These comments will be visible to other members so users are reminded to bear that in mind when commenting on their dollar bills, and they are encouraged to be as creative as they can with these remarks as well. Note that the site is against its users defacing the dollar bills they wish to track, which means vandalizing the dollar bill to the point where the note is no longer intelligible or even spent, as this is deemed illegal by the US Government. The site also advises its users to refrain from personally marking or writing on their dollar bills.

Utilizing The TrackDollarBills Site

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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In order to fully appreciate and experience tracking your US paper currency, you must first and foremosttrackdollarbills users register as a member on the TrackDollarBills website. Without a membership, visitors to the site are only allowed to view the various statistical reports available.

The most important information required by the site upon registration is an email address. This is so its users can have a unique account that they can be identified by. An email address is also important because the site needs to notify it users whenever there’s a hit on the dollar bills they wish to track, as well as any new features or applications that have been added to the site. The site however ensures its members that email addresses will be kept confidential and will not be compromised in any sense.

In order to login, a user will need to enter their email and password, which is created during the registration process. In the case in which a member loses this password, all they have to do is to click on the link provided which will reset their password and send a new one to that particular member’s email address. The member can then use this password to login and change it back to a password of his or her preference.

Multiple account creation is strictly prohibited by the site’s administration team. Each account should only be exclusive to a particular user. This is to deter members from entering the same bill information on two separate accounts, and if a member is caught violating this rule, their account will be suspended indefinitely. This important measure is taken to ensure the ingenuity of the experience of tracking dollar bills on the site.

The TrackDollarBills website also has a forum in which its users can utilize. By clicking on this link, users will be taken to a page in which they will be able to immediately start posting on the message boards and interact with other members of the site. The TrackDollarBills site users usually finds that this heightens the experience of tracking their dollar bills, as they continue to discuss and share related stories or anything of interest with each other, through these forums, an activity which is highly promoted by its developers.

The users of TrackDollarBills are also highly encouraged to help advertise the site by spreading the word to their friends, family, and colleagues. They can also do this by adding the link or banners provided on their respective websites, or putting a link of their signature in the forums or blogs. Other methods of disseminating the wonders of the TrackDollarBills website is through the media, either by informing the press, such as the newspaper, radio, TV, or even through the world wide web. Another splendid idea is by using a video, probably on YouTube, to tell people how fun it is to track their dollar bills. TrackDollarBills also encourages its members to come up with new ideas and suggestions to make the site more fun and enjoyable to use, and they can do this by contacting the developers directly through the ‘Contact Us’ page.

The TrackDollarBills Site

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

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The TrackDollarBills website is relatively new but already it has been gaining a gregarious reputation trackdollarbills siteamongst currency trackers here in the United States, as well as around the world. Like all other tracking websites, TrackDollarBills was created with the intent to track the journey of its native currency, the United States Dollar, as it travels around the world. The site provides statistics on the US paper currency, its members, and the locations in which these dollar bills have been, with the help of its dedicated members. TrackDollarBills also projects numbers and rankings based on the number of dollar bills its member or participating countries have entered into its system at any given time. The site is ultimately a nonprofit, volunteer-based project which is completely free to use, and it actively encourages everyone out there to join in on the fun of tracking dollar bills.

Its users begin their journey by first registering as a member. The site requires only basic mandatory information such as a name and email to start off, and these details are kept anonymous. The collation of emails is so the site can inform its members whenever the dollar bill that they’ve registered into the system receives a ‘hit’. A ‘hit’ is a terminology given when the serial number of a dollar bill that has been registered is entered again by someone else, and every ‘hit’ represents a new person entering the same dollar bill on the site. When this happens, the journey of that particular dollar bill in question will be mapped out to all its past and present owners.

TrackDollarBills will also display a report on each of the dollar bill that a member enters on its site. The report will consist of information such as how many times a bill was entered, the names of the previous members that have entered these bills, the dates in which these dollar bills were entered into the system, the physical distance a bill has traveled, and all the information that the bill was registered under, such as the serial number and denomination.

Asides from individual reports, the TrackDollarBills site also composes graphs that details the circulation of United States Dollar Bills over time by gathering information on how many dollar bills are actually in international circulation as compared to how many of these bills that are registered within the site, along with information on how these bills circulate in other countries. Older information is retained and newer data is collected by using graphs to ascertain how this information changes over the months and years. Apart from this, the site generates statistics and rankings in which members can view and utilize to make the tracking dollar bill experience more rewarding.

The TrackDollarBills site also prides itself in being more than just a website, as its also established itself as a community. Its members have fun talking about everything under the sun through its forums and make new friends this way, or even find a compatible mate who shares the same interests as them, making the site a great way to get to know people from all around the world.

EuroTraq - European Currency Trackers

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

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EuroTraq (www.eurotraq.com) is a multi-purpose website with the objective of finding out, in eurotraqchronological order, where a particular Euro bill has been and who it used to belong to, as the banknote continues to travel great distances around the globe. EuroTraq not only collects this information for fun, but also for statistical reports on the dissemination of the Euro, which depending on the subject matter, can be very telling.

The site was launched to the public on April 12, 2002, after months of rigorous planning and preparations. Since then, more features and application have been added to the site by its developers for more functionality and ease of use, making the site very user friendly.

Due to the fact that EuroTraq has had such an international presence since its launch, the developers have registered the site under numerous domain names, and these includes: www.eurotraq.info, www.eurotraq.nl, www.eurotraq.com, www.eurotraq.net, www.eurotraq.org, www.eurotraq.biz, www.eurotraq.be, www.eurotraq.de, www.eurotraq.at, www.eurotraq.it, www.eurotraq.ch, and www.eurotraq.li.

According to the site, the serial numbers on a Euro bill are made up of one capital letter followed by eleven digits. Euro bills are not always printed in the same country that issues them into circulation, which thanks to the inception of the European Union, made this a possibility. Like the US dollar, each serial number on the Euro bill is distinctive in nature, which means that there are no two notes which are exactly alike. EuroTraq uses these serial numbers to locate these banknotes and will map out, in the form of statistics, graphs, and reports, the course of its journey as it travels the globe.

The site also informs its users that the letters on the serial numbers stands for the country of issue, and in alphabetical order, notes with the letter L are said to come from Finland, the letter M from Portugal, the letter N from Austria, the letter P from Netherlands, the letter R from Luxembourg, the letter S from Italy, the letter T from Ireland, the letter U from France, the letter V from Spain, the letter X from Germany, the letter Y from Greece, and those printed with the letter Z are from Belgium.

eurotraq euro billsEuroTraq encourages its users to continue supporting the site by registering as many banknotes as they possibly can. The site also urges it users to include the website address on the notes they wish to track before spending them. Although, unlike other currency tracking sites which approves the use of ink-stamps and penned messages, EuroTraq requests that its user mark the bills using a pencil instead, as to not propagate any legal issues. This is also largely because it is against the law to permanently mark banknotes in Europe.

For users who has large amount of banknotes to enter, the site also provides a mass input page, which is a special page that users can input large amounts of serial numbers at one go, making it so much easier compared to refreshing the single entry page over and over again.

EuroTraq currently has over 44 thousand bill entries and the total value of bills tracked to date is reaching almost a million Euros! According to its statistics page, a EUR 5 banknote was tracked on the site a record 42 times!

The Canadian Money Tracker - Canadian Dollar Tracking Website

Friday, October 17th, 2008

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Canadian Money Tracker (www.cdn-money.ca), is one of the top Canadian currency tracking website canadian money trackeravailable today. Like all other tracking websites, the Canadian Money Tracker site is all about their currency, the Canadian Dollar, and where in the country has the currency travelled to, or better still, which countries have the money settled in. When you enter in the information required to track a note, the system saves all the information in its database and a hit occurs when someone else subsequently enters the same banknote information again, and the entire journey, if any, of that particular bank note in question, will be mapped out before your very eyes!

Registration on the site is absolutely free and some of the benefits users enjoy are ‘hit’ e-mail notifications, forum participation, weekly activity reports, and competing in the Canadian Money Tracker’s Top 10 List.

The site was created by Douglas Robertson in 1999, just for fun. He was also interested in experimenting with the then new and upcoming Java Servlets. The site has since garnered such an encouraging interest amongst currency trackers that Mr Robertson decided to maintain the site, and because of sheer fascination, he has since added additional applications and features to make the experience of tracking Canadian currency more enjoyable.

The site ensures privacy and security of it users by not making it mandatory for them to give unnecessary information out. All the site requires is a name and an e-mail address, for verification purposes. The e-mail information is necessary so the site can send its users ‘hit’ notifications, and these e-mail addresses are kept anonymous, as a feature, so user information will not be compromised.

The Canadian Money Tracker website also rates user level by how active they are on the site. The user level also determines how many notes each user is allowed to enter per-day on the site, as well as special privileges. The levels used to categorize a user are newbie, interested newbie, dedicated newbie, senior newbie, junior user, user, regular user, dedicated user, senior user, tracker, regular tracker, dedicated tracker, senior tracker, master tracker, and Superior Tracker.

canadian dollarUser who makes significant contributions to the site are also honored by the site administrator by naming them ‘Evangelists’. These evangelist assist in the development of the site in many ways, which include, finding bugs in new versions, offering advice to new users or visitors, and even being very active on the site. The same criteria applies to all ‘Evangelist’ wanting to reach the various user levels on the site though.

Users on the site are also encouraged to create profiles, although this is not mandatory. User profiles adds a different dimension to the whole experience of tracking notes, it helps users to get to know each other better and share exciting and fun currency stories. Some users have been known to go the extra mile into making their profiles unique and interesting to read.

So far the amount of users that have been registered on the site exceeds over 49 thousand people. The site has had a little more than 131 thousand hits so far and the number of notes that have been entered since it launch is faring well above the 1.6 million mark.

Tips For Effective Currency Tracking

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

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Tired of waiting a long time before you get a hit on the banknotes that you’ve been tracking online? Or evencurrency tracking more frustrating, have you never had any of your bills ever trigger a hit, that made you lose interest in the hobby altogether? Fret no more because here’s some tips and hints on how you can maximize your dollar bill tracking experience, and take the hobby to a whole new level you never thought possible.

To effectively improve the probability you attaining a hit, try spending your dollar bills in places with a higher turnaround of transactions, in locations where more people are more likely to receive the banknotes you’re tracking as change. Look out for supermarkets, affordable eateries, gas stations, or your local convenient store and coffee shops, as opposed to vending machines or high-end merchants where people usually pay for goods with their credit cards.

The more likely the chances are of your one dollar or five dollar bills end up as change for the person standing behind you in line in any of these places, the higher the odds are of your bills ending up on the currency tracking website of your choice. Also, pay attention to the time of the day that you’re spending your dollar bill. Try to avoid spending your banknotes just before store closing-time, because your dollar bills are more likely to be stored inside a safe for weeks, or end up in the cash deposit machine at the bank.

Currency tracking experts also suggest that you don’t splurge all your money in one location. You want to diversify the places that your dollar bills are spent in, especially the smaller denominations. Carry as much of those one dollar and five dollar bills that you wish to track as you can, as this will increase the probability of it spreading out and being distributed to all sorts of people, that might spend it again, and again. This gives your banknotes more mileage and it also broadens the likely-hood of your dollar bills ending up in somewhere interesting, probably a different country.

Some currency tracking aficionados also swears-by the technique of marking your dollar bills. You can try hand-writing a short message by requesting the subsequent owners of your dollar bills to visit the currency tracking website that you’re on. If you’re looking at tracking large numbers of notes, then using a small ink-stamp would make more sense. Some people also just simply circle the serial and series numbers and cleverly include the website address around the edge of the dollar bill, without making it too obvious.
But be careful, since the administrators of TrackDollarBills.com are prohibiting such a method you may be banned !

Patience is paramount. Don’t be disheartened or lose interest just because you don’t see a hit within a couple of days or weeks. Some hobbyist will enter over a thousand bills before they see a hit, while others receives a hit within a couple of hours. With a little luck and some persistence, tracking your dollar bill will eventually become a frequent past time that you’ll enjoy indulging in.

Currency Tracking Websites

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

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Ever wondered where the money in your pockets have been, or where it goes to after you’ve spent it. Wonderaustralian currency no more as currency tracking websites, like our very own TrackDollarBills, have been emerging at a steady rate all over the internet. Currency bill tracking is a phenomenon which is catching on fast and its expected to grow rapidly in the coming years. As so, dozens of currency tracking sites have been set up all around the world to help facilitate this popular hobby. Generally, what a currency tracking website does is aid in the process of tracking the movements of banknotes as it travels from hand to hand, state to state, region to region, and country to country. Of course, extensive website user participation is vital. This, not only has made the concept a possibility, but its now become such an interesting activity to pursue, making it a fun and exciting way to past time.

Basically, users will begin the tour of mapping out the voyage of the bill in interest by registering it on their respective currency tracking sites. They do this by registering the serial numbers of the banknotes that they wish to track, and the route or journey of the bill will be displayed in the form of graphs, statistics, and various other reports. These information will then be notified to all subsequent or past users, each time the same serial number is entered again on the system. The sites primarily provides users with information like the time between each entry of a duplicate dollar bill, the distance the bill travelled, as well as any comments or remarks that a user may want to include regarding that specific note.

Depending on the laws of the countries issuing the currencies, some of these tracking sites actually encourages its users to slightly mark the notes they wish to track, before spending it. This practice, of course, has created many controversies and unwanted attention from the authorities, as its considered as tempering or defacing the currency.

Apart from TrackDollarBills, some of the other international leading websites for currency bill tracking are EuroBillTracker, EuroTracer, and MyEuroBill, all of which tracks the Euro currency. Others include WheresWilly and CanadianMoneyTracker for the Canadian Dollar, MoneyTracker for the Australian Dollar, CashFollow for the Swiss Franc, SEK-Tracker and Sedlarna for the Swedish Kronor, FindLizzy and CashPath for the Pound Sterling, WheresMyBucks for the South African Rand, WheresRenminbi for the Chinese Yuan, TrackGandhi for the Indian Rupee, and WhereIsYusof for the Singapore Dollar.

south africa currencyMost of these sites are administered by specific groups or non-profit organizations, and its day to day operations are supported primarily by volunteers and users who help populate the sites with content, either through the forums, chats, blogs, email support, and various other tasks. These currency tracking sites are usually free to use but some sites do charge a fee for extra features.

To date, these currency tracking sites would have registered and tracked down billions of dollars worth of currency and over a million users, worldwide. The establishment of these currency tracking websites have also inspired other sites that tracks exclusive objects such as used books and even statistical patterns of human travel!

EuroBillTracker – The leading Euro Bank Note Tracking Website

Friday, October 10th, 2008

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eurobilltrackerThe EuroBillTracker website has been tracking Euro banknotes circulating the globe since early 2002. Said to be inspired by the Where’s George website of the United States, the site was created by Philippe Girolami and managed by an international non-profit team. The growth of the site is credited to active users who take care of the forums, translate the site, provide email support, and handle various other tasks. This free to use website is developed with the sole purpose of tracking Euro banknotes as it travels around the globe.

Basically, what the site does is extract various disseminated information by generating graphs and statistics, ultimately notifying its users as the Euro currency makes its way around the world. It also literally tracks Euro banknotes by informing a user who originally enters a banknote information into the system and subsequent users with the same banknote information, by email, on its whereabouts, at any given time. It also statistically ranks various other related details such as the most number of notes entered by a user, best countries in term of frequency of tracking, as well as which countries are the notes most settled in.

Typically, a user enters information of their Euro banknotes on the site and if a note is already registered, the user is notified immediately on its historic whereabouts, and anytime that particular note is entered again on the system, an email notification will be sent to whoever that has entered the information of that particular note - past, present and future. Currently, more than 46000 notes are registered, on an average, at the website every day, and since its launch, a little more than 50 million notes have been tracked.

Due to its popularity, a community of trackers, from the higher volume tracking countries, was started up to help support the site, especially in the Benelux countries, Finland, and Slovenia. Ironically, the number of users from the more populated nations such as France, Spain, and Ireland have been low.

This community has also been organizing annual pan-European meetings since 2004, and in August 2008, a conference was held in Ljubljana, to discuss its bright future. Due to its success, it is now consented that a new pan-European meeting be held every six months. Apart from these yearly international engagements, local national gatherings at various levels have also been organized in support of its effort.

Currently, the website is said to be administered by a non-profit organization called The European Society for EuroBillTrackers, which has its headquarters in Belgium. This outfit was said to have stemmed from a principal disagreement with the founders and webmasters of the site, causing a split of the EuroBillTracker website late in 2007, but was later integrated back into a single site in January 2008.

To date, the number of users registered on the site have exceeded over 130000, and the total value of all Euro banknotes entered so far is well over the billion mark, a very encouraging statistic indeed. Here’s to wishing the same success for our site here at TrackDollarBills :)