I just joined the SPMC (been collecting coins for 50 years but relatively new to the world of currency). I have a question to see if any members might be able to enlighten me regarding variations in the width of large size silver certificates. Specifically, I have a $5 Indian Fr.271 in a PMG 65 EPQ holder and I notice that the side margins on the front of the note are slightly narrower than normal. I measured it against other large size currency and it looks to be about an eighth inch smaller in width, though the height is normal. I looked at many images of these notes on the web and I notice that the side margins are considerably wider than the top and bottom ones in nearly all cases. On my note, the margins seem to be narrower on the sides than the pictured notes but the top and bottom margins seem similar to them.
The designs looks to be well centered and the margins are even. Is it possible that this note has been cropped or do normal variations occur as issued from the BEP? Does it even matter in your view? Just trying to determine whether I have an altered note and whether it might be a problem if I ever decide to sell.
Thanks for any information you might be able to share!