Here’s a typical scenario: a raging inferno gutted your bedroom. Sure you were smart enough to have taken out an insurance policy against fire damage, but didn’t tell the insurance company about that money you had under the mattress! Now all that is left are badly charred dollar bills!
You went to the nearest bank, they just laughed at ya! Oh the humiliation!
But did you know that you can salvage badly damaged currency for cold, hard cash? The US government runs an obscure department called the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing where they exchange badly mutilated currency for crisp bills!
Whether you bring in badly burnt bills or brittle bills from buried treasure or water damaged money from sunken chests, they’ll gladly replace it for you. And it is free! (I, for one, can’t wait for all digital currency!)
Here’s where you submit your claim:
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
P.O. Box 37048
Washington, D. C. 20013
But don’t abuse this service. If the bill simply has soy sauce stain (or if it doesn’t require special examination to determine value), you should exchange it at your nearest big bank for free. After all you did bail them out!
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