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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. $10 Proof The Bank of Mobile, Alabama $10 Proof The Bank of Mobile, Alabama

    $1,800.00

    Proof
    Dated 18__
    $10 Bank of Mobile, Alabama
    Proof Condition, minor tear repair at top Learn More
  2. $3 The Camden Bank, Oneida County, Camden, NY, August 6, 1848 $3 The Camden Bank, Oneida County, Camden, NY, August 6, 1848

    $1,795.00

    S/N 933
    Dated August 6, 1848
    XF Condition, slightly miscut at top left Learn More
  3. $1 Bank of Mobile, Proof Alabama $1 Bank of Mobile, Proof Alabama

    $1,675.00

    Proof
    Very rare
    Condition: CU Learn More
  4. $500 The Bank of Mibile, Alabama Proof $500 The Bank of Mobile, Alabama Proof

    $1,650.00

    $500 The Bank of Mobile, Alabama
    Proof on Card Stock
    Extremely Rare Learn More
  5. $1 Fiege & Co. Commissary and Meat Market, Johnson, AZ | Obverse $1 Fiege & Co. Commissary and Meat Market, Johnson, Arizona

    $1,550.00

    $1 Fiege & Co. Commissary and Meat Market
    Stamped Paid Aug 31, 1902
    VF-XF Condition Learn More
  6. $50 Bank of Mobile, Alabama, March 24, 1854 $50 Bank of Mobile, Alabama, March 24, 1854

    $1,350.00

    S/N 824
    Very rare
    Condition: F-VF
    A little rough around edges
    Learn More
  7. $10 The State of Mississippi, February 20, 1862, Jackson $10 The State of Mississippi, February 20, 1862, Jackson

    $895.00

    S/N 4192
    Dated February 20, 1862, Pay 1864
    XF Condition, with tiny corner nick Learn More
  8. $3 The City of Mobile, Alabama, June 1875 | Obverse $3 The City of Mobile, Alabama, June 1875

    $875.00

    S/N 9879
    Dated: June 1875
    Red Stamp City of Mobile
    Small Split at Bottom Learn More
  9. 50 Cents C. (Charles) Dautremont, Angelica, New York November 4, 1862 50 Cents C. (Charles) Dautremont, Angelica, New York November 4, 1862

    $850.00

    S/N 2051
    50 Cents C. (Charles) Dautremont, Angelica, New York
    Pay to Bearer in Current Banknotes 50 Cents
    Allegany County Agricultural Society
    Signed J. Lockhart, Abe Lincoln left
    Very Rare!
    Piece missing at top
    CH AU Condition Learn More

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