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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. $2 The State of North Carolina 1861 $2 The State of North Carolina 1861

    $35.00

    S/N 2416
    $2 The State of North Carolina 1861
    Imprint: F.W. Borneman, Charleston, N.C.
    XF Condition Learn More
  2. $1 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio $1 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio

    $35.00

    $1 (Ezra Griswold) Worthington, Ohio
    Uncirculated Remainder
    UNC Condition Learn More
  3. 10 Cents J.B. Read No. 2 & 4 Whitesboro Street, Utica, New York 10 Cents J.B. Read No. 2 & 4 Whitesboro Street, Utica, New York

    $38.00

    10 Cents J.B. Read No. 2 & 4 Whitesboro Street Utica, New York
    Farmers Harvesting Wheat right
    AU Condition Learn More
  4. 5 Cents The Mechanics Bank, Augusta, GA 1863 5 Cents The Mechanics Bank, Augusta, GA 1863

    $40.00

    Dated January 1, 1863
    Fine Condition Learn More
  5. $5 The Cochituate Bank, Boston, Massachusetts 1852 $5 The Cochituate Bank, Boston, Massachusetts 1852

    $40.00

    S/N 625
    $5 The Cochituate Bank, Boston, Massachusetts 1852
    Red Five Overprint
    Signed by Calvin L. Lane & L. McAllen
    Fine Condition Learn More
  6. $5 The Cochituate Bank, Boston, Massachusetts 1850 $5 The Cochituate Bank, Boston, Massachusetts 1850

    $40.00

    S/N 949
    $5 The Cochituate Bank, Boston, Massachusetts 1850
    Paddlewheeler, Sailor, Sailing Ship
    Red Five Overprint
    Signed by C. L. Lane & L. Gardner
    VG-F Condition Learn More
  7. 50 Cents The Western & Atlantic R. R., Atlanta, Georgia, October 15, 1862 50 Cents The Western & Atlantic R. R., Atlanta, Georgia, October 15, 1862

    $40.00

    S/N 652
    Condition: CU. Holes cancel
    Date: October 15, 1862
    50 Cents The Western & Atlantic R. R
    Atlanta, Georgia Learn More
  8. 20 Cents Mount Pleasant Apothecary Store, Roxbury, Massachusetts, January 1, 1863 20 Cents Mount Pleasant Apothecary Store, Roxbury, Massachusetts, January 1, 1863

    $40.00

    Date: January 1, 1863
    Condition: CU
    Remainder
    Engraved by L. Prang & Co.
    20 Cents Mount Pleasant Apothecary Store
    Roxbury, Massachusetts Learn More
  9. $5 Bank of Augusta (Georgia) $5 Bank of Augusta (Georgia)

    $40.00

    $5 Bank of Augusta (Georgia)
    Maid, Bare Breasted Maid, Eagle, Ships, Beehive
    Uncirculated Remainder
    UNC Condition Learn More

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