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Where’s George


On Friday, I noticed that a dollar bill in my wallet had a website written on it along the top margin. Looking more closely, I saw that it said www.wheresgeorge.com. I got curious, typed in the URL, and was taken to the website. Once there, I realized I had read about this years ago. Along the top of the page is the banner UNITED STATES CURRENCY TRACKING PROJECT. I learned that if I typed in the denomination, bill series, and serial number, I could find out where the bill had been before it circulated to me. How could I resist? Of course, this only works provided previous holders of the bill have entered it at the site. And obviously someone had done so, whoever wrote the URL on the bill itself, which I realized is a good way to increase the odds that some later bill holder will discover the site and enter the bill, as I was doing.

To my astonishment, once I entered the bill, I discovered that it had been entered only once before, presumably by the person who wrote the URL on it, and this was way back on March 16, 2003. Somehow, despite the presence of the URL, it took over 6 years for someone to get curious enough to go to the website, figure out how it works, and enter the bill. The person who introduced the bill is from Chesapeake, Virginia but picked up the bill in Blanco, Texas.

I entered two more ones, both of which had histories. One was passed on by someone in Pasco, Washington last month and then passed through Blaine, Washington. The other was entered in Ypsilanti, Michigan on June 1, 2007 and then ignored until I tagged it on Friday.

I need to post more bills, but I realized that it’s best to do so when you can add in the comments section a statement about where you got the bill, and I have no idea where I got the bills currently in my wallet. So I’m waiting until I get some more bills as change.

I don’t know how much time I’ll invest in this. It’s not a high priority. But I’m looking forward to finding out where the bills I’ve entered end up. Oh, that’s another thing about how the site works — you can enter bills and learn their history, but if you want to be kept informed about future hits on bills you enter, you need to register and set up an account (for free), which I’ve done. Consider doing so yourself. It might be fun.

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