The first lady of the show brought in 2 unique US currency bills for sale. She had an 1885 brown back five-dollar bill and an 1875 one-dollar bill with a #1 serial number. Corey admired the bills for the artwork and size, but he needed an expert to definitively give their value. The lady was a bit optimistic with her first asking price of 29 thousand for the one-dollar bill and 16 thousand for the 5-dollar bill. The bills amazed the expert, but there were some quality issues. He especially liked the one-dollar bill for it rarity and serial number. The expert set the retail price at only 15K for the one-dollar bill and 5K for the 5-dollar bill. The lady refused the lowball offer for the prized one-dollar bill, but she did accept 4 thousand bucks for the 5-dollar bill. The lady admitted to putting thumbtacks through George Washington’s face as a kid, which was insane after finding out the bills value.
The Trivia for the day: How many bills does the US print each day? (Answer below)
A guy brought in a mini cannon from the 1970s that was a toy noisemaker for kids. The device used a special gas and water reaction to create a very loud boom. The guy asked for $300. Rick called his toy expert Johny in to get an accurate price. Johny said that despite the cannon being the less collected model; it was still in high demand. The retail value was set at $100 so Rick offered his usual half of that. Rick was very firm with his $50 offer and the guy sold the piece. Rick decided to hide the mini cannon to avoid having Chumlee play with it in the store. Chum eventually found the cannon and he, Corey and the old man went to the roof of the shop to fire it. Despite Corey’s extreme doubts about the power of the cannon and its gas chemistry powered boom, the cannon worked perfectly. Rick found the guys and decided to play too.
An older man brought in a commemorative WWII paperweight. The paperweight was created in celebration of the sinking of the U-68 German Submarine by airplanes launched by the USS Guadalcanal. The paperweight was even supposedly forged from debris of the U-boat that floated to the surface. The destructive force of the German U-boats was minimized once sonar was mastered and despite the U-68 being a very destructive weapon for Germany in WWII, its fatal end was almost a certainty for most submarines in wartime. The old man wanted the piece and Rick had an honest negotiation with the guy and they settled on $1300 for the one of a kind piece.
The last customer of the show was a lady selling coconut shell cups that were set props from the cult classic TV show Gilligan’s Island. Her father worked on special effects for the show and was allowed to have the cups, which the characters used in their scenes. While the cups were not the most coveted items from the show like Gilligan’s red shirt or the Skipper’s hat, they were still authentic and used on a very popular TV show. Rick bought the cups for $575. I was surprised by the high price, but Hollywood memorabilia is very collectable according to Rick. I can’t believe there was only 3 season’s of the show. I thought there were 5000 episodes because I would watch Gilligan’s Island every day after school and it was on multiple channels in syndication. I was also surprised by the fact that the show was just a fill in for CBS because it did not have another show for that time slot. It has definitely remained as a big piece of American pop culture.
What was the coolest item on this episode?
Trivia answer: 38,000,000 bills made every day.