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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. $20 The Mechanics Bank, Augusta, GA 1858 $20 The Mechanics Bank, Augusta, GA 1858

    $45.00

    Out of stock

    S/N 57
    Signed by: M. Hatch & J.B. Bishop
    Dated August 1, 1858
    VF Condition Learn More
  2. $20 The Mechanics Bank, Augusta, GA 1 August 1858 $20 The Mechanics Bank, Augusta, GA 1 August 1858

    $45.00

    Out of stock

    S/N 135
    Dated 1 August 1858
    VF Condition Learn More
  3. $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
    XF Condition Learn More
  4. 50 Cents D.A. Brayton, Massasoit Bank, Fall River, MA 1862 50 Cents D.A. Brayton, Massasoit Bank, Fall River, MA 1862

    $45.00

    50 Cents D.A. Brayton, Massasoit Bank, Fall River, MA,1862
    Redeemable at Massasoit Bank in Sums of One Dollar
    Uncirculated Remainder Learn More
  5. $1 Virginia Treasury Note, Richmond, VA July 21, 1862 $1 Virginia Treasury Note, Richmond, VA July 21, 1862

    $45.00

    S/N 179277
    $1 Virginia Treasury Note, Richmond, VA
    1862
    Milk Maid, Governor Letcher
    XF Condition Learn More
  6. $5 The Farmers Bank of Sandstone, Barry, Michigan 1838 $5 The Farmers Bank of Sandstone, Barry, Michigan 1838

    $45.00

    S/N 114
    Dated January 8, 1938
    Farmers Bank of Sandstone, Barry, Michigan
    Large tear in center
    Corner missing 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. $5 The Farmers & Exchange Bank, Charleston, SC 1854 | Obverse $5 The Farmers & Exchange Bank, Charleston, SC, 11 September 1854

    $48.00

    S/N 78
    Dated 11 September 1854
    Stamped on reverse E.J. Aston, Druggist, Ashville, NC
    Fine Condition Learn More
  9. $5 The Farmers & Exchange Bank, Charleston, SC 1854 $5 The Farmers & Exchange Bank, Charleston, SC, 11 July 1854

    $48.00

    S/N 936
    Dated 11 July 1854
    Fine Condition Learn More

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