Whose autographs are on this dollar bill?
September 17, 2019 7:53 AM   Subscribe

Can you identify the signatures on this dollar bill?

I received the bill as change at a chocolate shop in a Boston suburb over the weekend. Both the cashier and I said "Wow!" when he turned over the bill to count out my change and we saw all the signatures.

Bottom left on the back looks like David Lee and then maaaaybeeee Roth, but it doesn't look much like his autographs that I've found online. Middle signature looks like it has a Van in the center, but then the last name looks like it starts with a Z to me, but I guess that could be an H. Can't make out anything with the other two or the front.

Any ideas?
posted by msbrauer to Society & Culture (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
David Lee Roth. Eddie Van Halen?
posted by spudsilo at 8:05 AM on September 17, 2019

I think the members of Van Halen is a decent guess, but not perfect. I think the R in Roth is a decent match to something like this especially as I imagine signing a dollar bill held on a hand or in the air or something.

When you consider the fact that it's a hard thing to sign, I can imagine the center being Eddie and the bottom right being Alex.
posted by papayaninja at 8:06 AM on September 17, 2019

Michael Anthony could be the remaining one on the top back.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 8:29 AM on September 17, 2019

That's a series 2009 dollar bill, but Michael Anthony hasn't been in the band since circa 2004.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 9:17 AM on September 17, 2019 [4 favorites]

Response by poster: Any thoughts about value? My guess is about a dollar (late in the band's popularity, poor quality signatures, poor condition of the bill) so I'll probably just hang it in my office as an oddity.
posted by msbrauer at 9:22 AM on September 17, 2019

I found a photograph signed by David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen that sold on ebay for $31.00. There's the additional complication of making sure the signatures are authentic. If you really wanted to sell it, you'd probably need to hire someone who could verify authenticity and would probably charge more than the bill is worth.

This seems to fall under cool thing to find, fun story, but not worth much money.
posted by FencingGal at 10:02 AM on September 17, 2019 [2 favorites]

Looking online at various autographs, none of those signatures match those of any of the members of VH.
posted by jenny76 at 11:00 AM on September 17, 2019 [2 favorites]

The one in the middle could be Van Zandt? Steven or Townes?
posted by SuperSquirrel at 12:05 PM on September 17, 2019

My initial reaction just looking at it, without trying to interpret the signatures, is a short snorter (or something along those lines, not famous people, but a "We did this together").
posted by AzraelBrown at 12:05 PM on September 17, 2019 [2 favorites]

Smh. Ignore me. Townes Van Zandt died in 1997. And now that I have chance to look, Steven Van Zandt's signature doesn't really look like the one in your picture.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 4:11 PM on September 17, 2019

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