1954 bills with musty smell

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ewsmith
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1954 bills with musty smell

Post by ewsmith » Wed Aug 02, 2023 12:00 pm

Any suggestions on removing a musty smell from 1954 bills? I bought them from an online auction and didn't have a chance to see or smell them before bidding. I knew it was a bit risky to bid on them based only on pictures. They were in individual hard plastic sleeves which also smelled so I chucked those out. For now I have the bills sealed in a plastic bag with small bags of silica. They are modified portrait, Beattie-Rasminsky, a full set from $1 to $100, otherwise in pretty good condition - EF to AU.

I don't want to clean them of course but if anyone has any ideas on how I might reduce the odour, it would be appreciated.

coinguy
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Re: 1954 bills with musty smell

Post by coinguy » Wed Aug 02, 2023 12:26 pm

Never tried this but I have read that if you put the bills on a flat surface and sprinkle with
baking sofa overnight, it should help to get rid of the odour. If you try this, let us know if it works.
Baking Soda will not harm the bills.

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Re: 1954 bills with musty smell

Post by ewsmith » Thu Apr 04, 2024 3:23 pm

An update on my musty bills:
I left the bills in a sealed bag with the silica and it worked really well. I had put all the bills together so the ones in the middle still had a very slight odor but it's barely noticeable. I'll separate them and leave them in a bit longer. I was a bit nervous about putting anything directly on the surface so really happy this worked.

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Re: 1954 bills with musty smell

Post by coinguy » Thu Apr 04, 2024 4:36 pm

Glad that it worked out. Make sure that you put them back in new sleeves to protect them.

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Re: 1954 bills with musty smell

Post by Murphcrud » Fri Jul 05, 2024 5:19 pm

Yes to the baking soda idea, it does work, but I raised the bank notes out of the direct touch of the baking soda.
Carefully place all in a small bag and keep it tightly closed for a few days to a week. The odor will be absorbed and then you can dispose of the bag with used baking soda inside. It also will eliminate smoke in the same matter.
I have had to do this a few times over the years.

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