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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 Cents The State of North Carolina 1863 5 Cents The State of North Carolina 1863

    $28.00

    5 Cents The State of North Carolina 1863
    Prosperity, Seated Liberty
    Imprint: J. T. Paterson & Co. Augusta GA
    Pinholes
    Remainder
    CH CU Condition Learn More
  2. $1 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio $1 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio

    $28.00

    $1 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio
    Uncirculated Remainder
    UNC Condition Learn More
  3. 25 Cents The City of Portsmouth, VA 1862 25 Cents The City of Portsmouth, VA 1862

    $30.00

    S/N 1500 (error - 5/4)
    Dated October 29, 1862
    VG Condition, with a few splits Learn More
  4. $2 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio $2 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio

    $30.00

    $2 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio
    Uncirculated Remainder
    UNC Condition Learn More
  5. 5 Cents Bank of Newbury, Wells River, Vermont 5 Cents Bank of Newbury, Wells River, Vermont

    $30.00

    Bank of Newbury five cents
    Dog & Safe
    Beagle's Head at Bottom
    Choice uncirculated Learn More
  6. 10 Cents The County of Augusta, Staunton, VA May 25, 1862 10 Cents The County of Augusta, Staunton, VA May 25, 1862

    $30.00

    S/N 40867
    10 Cents The County of Augusta, Staunton, VA
    Signed by Robert Guy Presiding Justice
    Dog and Scales
    VF Condition Learn More
  7. $5 State Bank, South Carolina 1853 $5 State Bank, South Carolina 1853

    $32.00

    S/N 542
    $5 State Bank, South Carolina 1853
    Fine Condition Learn More
  8. 5 Cents The State of North Carolina 1863 5 Cents The State of North Carolina 1863

    $33.00

    S/N 2709
    5 Cents The State of North Carolina 1863
    Prosperity, Seated Liberty
    Imprint: J. T. Paterson & Co. Augusta GA
    CH CU Condition Learn More
  9. $1 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio $1 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio

    $35.00

    $1 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio
    Uncirculated Remainder
    UNC Condition Learn More

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