Happy Independence Day! Hope all of you stateside are enjoying the holiday. In today’s post, I want to discuss the Where’s George website. If you’ve never heard of Where’s George, it is a website where you can track currency as it travels around the nation.
I’ve been aware of this site for years as I first received a dollar bill with a message written in pen on the margin that the dollar bill can be tracked through Where’s George. Of course, after I entered it in I forgot all about it a few weeks later. Recently I received a $20 bill that had the following message:
In case you can’t make out the words, it says “See where I’ve been. Track where I go next! www.WheresGeorge.com”.
Entering a bill into Where’s George is easy. From the home screen, there is a button that you click if you’ve found a bill that is already being tracked on the website. You are then taken to a screen that asks you to input the serial number and zip code of the bill in your possession.
Once you have entered this information, you are taken to a confirmation screen that allows you to make a short comment about where you found the bill.
Once entered, you’ll then see a map and history of where the bill you entered has been. I received this as change out of an ATM at my local bank.
The bill I entered originated in Wattsburg, PA back in November of 2010. The next entry was in my area in December of 2011. So other than making it from Pennsylvania to Arizona, the bill hasn’t traveled far. All I can do now is go spend it and hope that subsequent recipients take a few moments to also track its movement. I signed up for email alerts whenever there is an update for this bill, so I will keep you all posted.
Well, that’s it for now. For Canadians, there is a sister site, Where’s Willy.
Have any of you reading this ever tracked a bill through Where’s George or Where’s Willy?