erasmuston wrote:the bills are in a donation box, apparently visible to the public
The general consensus has been that the serial numbers of notes in donation boxes are not public serials. See for example:
: "One day the donation box will be emptied, and the bill goes back into circulation. To be honest, I find it quite interesting to see how long a bill stays in a donation box: should I ever find ths bill I know it has been in one and the same donation box for at least 3 months!"
Raumi: "For me, Public Serial means anybody could find it on the web/TV advertisments/magazines/newspaper/whatever without actually seeing the real note (which may no longer exists), and inventing its location."
: "What if the note goes into public serial account and then is removed from the box and someone finds it out... he will have an hit with PS without the note being really public..."avij
: "I also enter notes from donation boxes and I don't feel guilty about doing that. YMMV."bren_nmgn
: "I do not NOT consider notes in donation boxes public. […] the note is phisically at that exact location.
Eventhough it is not in your hands literally, I would have done exactly the same, would have entered the note.
If anyone would report such a note as a PS, I would simply decline such a request, and wouldn't enter it in the PS-account for that exact reason: It's not public for everyone to see or find."bhoeyb
: "I have no problems entering notes found in donation boxes. Yes, most of the boxes are public but, for me, they aren't public serials."ErGo
: "Notes in donation boxes are real. No doubt. Therefor no reason to delete such notes. But is the hit really interesting if the note remain there for six month? What to do if this note will be entered again at the airport by someone, who really don't know the history of this note - is such a quad-, quint or even sixtuple is still interesting?
A note in donation box is shown in a public place. So my question to all: what is the difference to a note, shown in a collection of a museum like this one: http://en.eurobilltracker.com/notes/?id=106592841
Or the following 2 notes, which were shown in a exhibition of the "Geldmuseum der Deutschen Bundesbank" (see here
Yes, there is a chance, that the notes of a donation box come again to normal money circulation and a normal hit could occur, so for me, such a hit is ok for me. But as long as the note remain on the same place, i think, moderation of the hit should take place (even if this note is not entered in the "public serial"-account). But that is just my opinion."