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Obsolete Currency

From the latter part of the 1700’s through the early 1870’s obsolete currency (often referred to as Broken Bank Notes) came from many sources, i.e.; States, Counties, Municipalities, Military, Banks, Corporations, and Private Merchants. Most people don’t realize that before the U.S. Government started regulating the banking industry in 1861, the aforementioned entities printed their own money, providing collectors with many different themes and varieties. There are many types and choices -- collectors can focus on notes with a certain vignette (picture or scene), a particular State, City, or Bank. Some collectors focus on notes with bridges, signatures, cattle, horses, whales, or ships, etc, and yes, even Santa Claus! Obsolete bank notes are absolutely beautiful in artistic design and coloring. Depending on the grade (condition) many of these types can be fairly inexpensive and are readily available. Every paper money collector should have at least one piece of obsolete currency in their collection! There are many different references for individual states currency and they can be found online from various publishers and book dealers. For Southern States currency, I highly recommend “Guide Book of Southern States Currency” by Hugh Shull, published by Whitman Publishing Company. Check our Coins and Currency Books page for more information.

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  1. $5 Depression Scrip Security-People's Trust Co. 1933 | Obverse $5 Depression Scrip Security-People's Trust Co. 1933, Erie, PA, March 10th

    $18.00

    S/N 2542
    Dated March 10, 1933
    Uncirculated Condition Learn More
  2. $1 Depression Scrip Security-People's Trust Co. 1933 | Obverse $1 Depression Scrip Security-People's Trust Co. 1933, Erie, PA, March 10th

    $18.00

    S/N 5123
    Dated March 10, 1933
    Uncirculated Condition Learn More
  3. $1 Depression Scrip Security-People's Trust Co. 1933 | Obverse $1 Depression Scrip Security-People's Trust Co. 1933, Erie, PA, March 10th

    $18.00

    S/N 5122
    Dated March 10, 1933
    Uncirculated Condition Learn More
  4. $1 Depression Scrip Security-People's Trust Co. 1933 | Obverse $1 Depression Scrip Security-People's Trust Co. 1933, Erie, PA, March 10th

    $18.00

    S/N 5121
    Dated March 10, 1933
    Uncirculated Condition Learn More
  5. 25 Cents (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio 25 Cents (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio

    $20.00

    25 Cents (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio
    Uncirculated Remainder
    UNC Condition Learn More
  6. 50 Cents State of Virginia, City of Richmond 1862 50 Cents State of Virginia, City of Richmond 1862

    $20.00

    Dated April 14, 1862
    Fine Condition Learn More
  7. 50 Cents (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio 50 Cents (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio

    $20.00

    50 Cents (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio
    Uncirculated Remainder
    UNC Condition Learn More
  8. $5 The State of Georgia January 15, 1862 $5 The State of Georgia January 15, 1862

    $21.00

    S/N 50873
    $5 The State of Georgia 1862
    Portrait of James Oglethorpe, Georgia Coat of Arms, Treasury Seal on reverse
    Has early tape repair, nearly torn in half
    UNC Condition Learn More
  9. $1 The State of Georgia January 1, 1863 $1 The State of Georgia January 1, 1863

    $24.00

    S/N 18750
    $1 The State of Georgia January 1, 1863
    Large Passenger Train
    Same Vignette that is on the CSA $100 T40 Note
    Imprint: Howell Engraver
    Good Condition Learn More

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