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.

  • State

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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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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$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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$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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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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Milford $3 Delaware obsolete

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

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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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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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Wilmington $3 Delaware obsolete

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

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$100Florida1862TallahasseePCGS 55 APP$350
Tallahassee $100 Florida obsolete

A pleasing high denomination from a widely collected State.  Fully issued Choice AU note with small edge tear at bottom […]

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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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Augusta $1 Georgia obsolete

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

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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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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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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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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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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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$3LouisianaMarch 24, 1862Parish of Saint John the BaptistPCGS 30 $360
Parish of Saint John the Baptist $3 Louisiana obsolete

Fully issued Parish Scrip with vivid red Three overprint.  Printed on Municipality Bond remainder paper.  Vignette of Ceres at center […]

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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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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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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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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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Frederick $5 Maryland obsolete

Boldly inked obsolete with clear serial number, date and signatures.  Bright and problem free.

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Hagerstown $10 Maryland obsolete

Bright note with small, uniform margin. Bold orange overprints.

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$3Maryland1864SalisburyCH CU$195
Salisbury $3 Maryland obsolete

Somerset and Worcester Savings Bank, Salisbury. Workers with maid and wheelbarrow in center, lovely red serial numbers and red overprint […]

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