Loaded currency collectors may offer up to 1.5 million yuan to the owner of a 100-yuan banknote that’s said to be incredibly rare due to a printing mistake—a tiny little line on Mao’s chin.
The note has been verified as authentic, and the owner, a Chongqing man surnamed Zheng, said he received it with his usual wages pack.
Zheng recently learned that a man in Guizhou had a banknote with a similar error worth one million yuan, so he posted pictures of his own bill online, China.org reports, citing the Chongqing Evening News. Several people expressed interested in buying it for a lucrative sum of money.
Experts at an auction house estimated that Zheng’s imperfect banknote was worth up to 1.5 million big ones, although another auction house noted that because the bill was somewhat new (printed in 1999) he might not be able to fetch that much.