Description"D. B. Cooper" 1971 Ransom Money. Serial #L382XXXXXX. Unknown Series $20 Federal Reserve Note. Certified and encapsulated by PCGS Currency with a custom insert picturing the 1971 artist's sketch of the sunglasses-wearing skyjacker. Found by eight-year-old Brian Ingram along the banks of the Columbia River in Washington on February 10, 1980, this is one of the only known group of currency notes that can be linked to the historic and infamous event.
All the notes from this group were damaged by their exposure to the elements. This present example is approximately 1.6" x 1.5" with a partial Jackson portrait, a partial serial number, and the handwritten initials of the FBI agent who originally inventoried the bills soon after Ingram discovered them.
The D. B. Cooper Story (VII): The FBI was puzzled as to the hijacker's request for four parachutes. Did he have an accomplice on board? Was he going to force the crewmembers on board to jump? Nobody, to that date, had ever attempted to parachute from a hijacked commercial aircraft. When Cooper asked to be flown to Mexico, the pilot explained to him that Mexico was out of the ship's range. Eventually it was agreed that the plane would fly to Reno, Nevada, ostensibly for refueling on its way to Mexico. After examining the parachutes and the money, and negotiating a flight path, Cooper allowed the plane to take off after about two hours on the ground.
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