Obsolete Currency

Obsolete currency refers to paper money issued by entities other than the federal government, e.g. state banks, railroads, merchants, state and local governments. The money issued by state banks makes up the largest portion of obsolete currency, also commonly referred to as “Broken Banknotes”. As you can see below, we are currently selling varied Broken Banknotes as well as other types of obsolete currency.

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DenomStateDateCityGradePrice
$1Alabama1862MontgomeryCU$225
Montgomery $1 Alabama obsolete

The Farmers Bank of Alabama. Fully issued, printed during the Civil War. Allegorical maid seated on bale, shield with cotton […]

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$10Alabama1864MontgomeryUNC$225
Montgomery $10 Alabama obsolete

The State of Alabama. Lovely note, fully issued with dark green “TEN” overprint.

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$0.10California1870'sMagdalenaXF/AU$395
Magdalena $0.10 California obsolete

A lovely, light green note payable in Gold Coin at the Lower California Company.  Serial #B.8.

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$1Connecticut18East HaddamUNC$45
East Haddam $1 Connecticut obsolete

The Bank of New-England at Goodspeed’s Landing. Lovely, well centered remainder with deep green overprints.

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$1Connecticut1865East HaddamUNC$45
East Haddam $1 Connecticut obsolete

The Bank of New-England at Goodspeed’s Landing. Date and serial number are written in on this example. Broad margins and […]

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$10Connecticut18New HavenCH CU$155
New Haven $10 Connecticut obsolete

The City Bank of New Haven. Very vivid vignettes of cherubs with portraits of Washington and Franklin. Large red “TEN” […]

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$100Connecticut1860New HavenPMG 63EPQ$275
New Haven $100 Connecticut obsolete

City Bank of New Haven. A lovely remainder with bright red overprint “100” on reverse. Exceptional Paper Quality is noted […]

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$3Connecticut18StoningtonCH CU$275
Stonington $3 Connecticut obsolete

The Stonington Bank. Vivid red tints and broad margins all around. A lovely note with steamship Plymouth Rock at center […]

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$5Delaware1813DoverFINE$345
Dover $5 Delaware obsolete

The Farmers Bank of the State of Delaware. A very nice example that is fully issued and dated on the […]

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$3Delaware1854MilfordVF/XF$435
Milford $3 Delaware obsolete

The Bank of Milford. A bright example with three lovely vignettes and clearly issued.

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$10Delaware18--WilmingtonPROOF$795
Wilmington $10 Delaware obsolete

A well entered proof on card from one of the tougher states to acquire an obsolete.  Hole punch cancelled at […]

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$0.05Delaware1814WilmingtonVG$150
Wilmington $0.05 Delaware obsolete

Corporation of the Borough of Wilmington. A piece of merchant script with a beehive in center.

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$3Delaware1824WilmingtonFINE$125
Wilmington $3 Delaware obsolete

Bank of Delaware. An inexpensive example of an early (1824) $3 note – black letters.

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$100Georgia1860AugustaVF$325
Augusta $100 Georgia obsolete

The Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. Large central vignette of US Capitol Building. Red tints. Scarce high denomination. Red 10 […]

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$1Georgia1861AugustaFine$65
Augusta $1 Georgia obsolete

Evenly circulated “Certificate of Deposit”.  Black with red printing and border at margins.  Clear signatures.

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$5Georgia1862MaconVF$365
Macon $5 Georgia obsolete

The Manufacturers Bank. Maid carried by flying eagle. Green overall tints. Many of these notes I have observed have weak […]

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$5Indiana1854CovingtonPMG 15NET$495
Covington $5 Indiana obsolete

Bank of Covington.  The Indiana Book Plate Note and a Rarity 7.  This note has a great train vignette and […]

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$5Indiana1857GosportXF$130
Gosport $5 Indiana obsolete

The Citizens Bank of Gosport. Pleasing example with margins all around, and vivid colors on front and back.

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$10Indiana185HartfordVG/F$155
Hartford $10 Indiana obsolete

Hartford Exchange Bank. Large paddlewheeler boat at center. Smaller vignette of train at bottom.

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$5Indiana184-IndianapolisXF $475
Indianapolis $5 Indiana obsolete

A bright and boldly inked punch cancelled proof.  Previously mounted.

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$5Indiana1842IndianapolisFine$158
Indianapolis $5 Indiana obsolete

The State of Indiana. At Indianapolis for the Wabash & Erie Canal. Five cherubs around large “5”. Desirable note.

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$5Kentucky18RussellvilleCU$270
Russellville $5 Kentucky obsolete

Proof with a small fault on back, still lovely colors with dark red overprint “FIVE” on front.

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$5Kentucky1859RussellvillePMG 64$695
Russellville $5 Kentucky obsolete

Southern Bank of Kentucky at Russellville Proof. A beautiful, vivid vignette of a man of horseback, with cattle and sheep […]

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$500Louisiana18New OrleansCU$275
New Orleans $500 Louisiana obsolete

An unissued note with a vignette of ships at sea at center and pleasing red reverse.

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$500Louisiana1840'sNew OrleansPMG 64EPQ$475
New Orleans $500 Louisiana obsolete

The New Orleans Canal & Banking Co.  A lovely, Choice CU high denomination with vignette of two large griffins and […]

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$5Maine1859HallowellVG$100
Hallowell $5 Maine obsolete

Vignette of woman with flag and eagle at the top of the note and four different “5”s on the front. […]

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$5Maine1845WestbrookFINE$295
Westbrook $5 Maine obsolete

A scarcer denomination from the bank with a large “V” on the front and a maid with a shield.

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$20Maryland18BaltimoreAU$135
Baltimore $20 Maryland obsolete

Farmers & Merchants Bank of Baltimore. Maid with cornucopia and sailing ship in center. Unissued note.

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$5Maryland1828BaltimoreABT VF$150
Baltimore $5 Maryland obsolete

Bank of Baltimore. Two sailors with shield and eagle in center of note and written date on reverse of Feb […]

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$10Maryland1840FrederickCH VF$115
Frederick $10 Maryland obsolete

A bright and fully issued obsolete with bold signatures, serial number and date.  Problem free.

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