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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. 50 Cents The State of Georgia, January 1, 1863 50 Cents The State of Georgia, January 1, 1863

    $40.00

    S/N 38397
    50 Cents The State of Georgia, January 1, 1863
    Workmen, Georgia Coat of Arms
    UNC Condition Learn More
  2. $5 The Bank of Commerce Savannah, GA 1857 $5 The Bank of Commerce Savannah, GA 1857

    $40.00

    S/N 2214
    Dated 4 September 1857
    Fine Condition Learn More
  3. $5 The Cochituate Bank, Boston, Massachusetts 1851 $5 The Cochituate Bank, Boston, Massachusetts 1851

    $40.00

    S/N 3157
    $5 The Cochituate Bank, Boston, Massachusetts 1851
    Red Five Overprint
    Signed by C. L. Lane & G. Gardner
    Fine Condition Learn More
  4. $1 The Corporation of Richmond, Virginia April 19, 1862 $1 The Corporation of Richmond, Virginia April 19, 1862

    $40.00

    S/N 503
    $1 The Corporation of Richmond, Virginia
    Spanish Pillar Coin, Dog and Safe
    Green Tint
    Fine Condition Learn More
  5. $1 The Manhattan Bank, Manhattan, Ohio 1838 $1 The Manhattan Bank, Manhattan, Ohio 1838

    $42.00

    S/N 20419
    $1 The Manhattan Bank, Manhattan, Ohio 1838
    Liberty, Eagle, Shield
    Repaired, Rough Edges
    Good Condition Learn More
  6. $2 Allegany County Bank, Cumberland, Maryland 1861 $2 Allegany County Bank, Cumberland, Maryland 1861

    $44.00

    S/N 1350
    VG Condition with some early tape on reverse.
    Dated June 1, 1861
    Pinholes and small nick on left side. Learn More
  7. $3 Bank of Manchester, Michigan, Nov 20, 1827 $3 Bank of Manchester, Michigan, Nov 20, 1827

    $45.00

    Out of stock

    S/N 3457
    Condition: XF
    Cut Cancelled Learn More
  8. $1 Virginia Treasury Note, Richmond, VA July 21, 1862 $1 Virginia Treasury Note, Richmond, VA July 21, 1862

    $45.00

    S/N 179270
    $1 Virginia Treasury Note, Richmond, VA
    1862
    Milk Maid, Governor Letcher
    AU Condition Learn More
  9. $5 The Bank of South Carolina, Charleston 1860 $5 The Bank of South Carolina, Charleston 1860

    $45.00

    S/N 678
    Ships & Train
    $5 Bank of South Carolina, Charleston Learn More

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