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Ladder – A Sequential Serial Number on Paper Money

An ascending ladder serial number on a $1 bill. Image: Stack's Bowers.
An ascending ladder serial number on a $1 bill. Image: Stack’s Bowers.

(n.)

A ladder is a kind of “fancy” serial number found on paper money that features ascending or descending numerals. For example, the serial number B23456789A is a ladder; note that the end letters are not part of the “ladder.” Notes can be described as being ascending or descending ladders.

For more fancy serial numbers, check out the following:

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