Three low serial number banknotes, including one with a serial number reading “FWR0000001,” were withdrawn from an ATM machine by a collector on his way to a club meeting last spring.
On April 10, 2017, while travelling to a meeting of the Club de Numismates du Bas St-Laurent, a Québec collector withdrew three $20 bills to use for bidding at the club auction, according to the May 2018 issue of Le Numismate Francophone, which is published by L’Association des Numismates Francophones du Canada.
As he always does, the collector inspected the notes’ serial numbers, and to his surprise, he saw two notes bearing “FWR0000004” and “FWR0000005.” Upon looking at the third note, he noticed the serial number reading “FWR0000001.”
The No. 1 note is not in Uncirculated condition, according to the story, but is in “very good condition” despite a “slight crease in the centre.” Its catalogue value is about $1,700 while the other low serial number notes have a value of about $150 each.