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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$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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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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$10FloridaMarch 1, 1863TallahasseeAU$400
Tallahassee $10 Florida obsolete

A lovely, fully issued obsolete from a desirable State.  Vivid orange overprints on this nicely centered example, signed by John […]

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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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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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$1000Louisiana18--New OrleansCU$395
New Orleans $1000 Louisiana obsolete

$1000 Remainder from The New Canal & Banking Company, New Orleans, LA. Wind and steam team up in the beautiful […]

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$5Louisiana18--New OrleansGem CU $52
New Orleans $5 Louisiana obsolete

$5 Remainder from the Canal Bank of New Orleans, LA. Maidens hang out with giant ‘5’ in center.

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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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Florence $2 Nebraska obsolete

Lovely, nicely centered note with seated Native American at center and Liberty at left. Large block letter TWO in red.

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Omaha $2 Nebraska obsolete

A fully issued note with red outlined TWO overprint.

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$2New Jersey1861TrentonCU$400
Trenton $2 New Jersey obsolete

A lovely, uncirculated note printed by NBNCo. with two large 2’s printed in vivid green next to portrait as well […]

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$5North Carolina1859LexingtonVF$90
Lexington $5 North Carolina obsolete

An evenly circulated example from Lexington, NC dated 9 August, 1859.  Pleasing red overprints and micro-underprinting on this fully issued […]

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$5North CarolinaApril 26, 1860MurphyFine$145
Murphy $5 North Carolina obsolete

Nicely centered example with leasing red overprints and two red “V”s.  Fully dated and issued.

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$4North Carolina18--WashingtonCU$200
Washington $4 North Carolina obsolete

A vividly inked $4 remainder from North Carolina featuring portraits of George & Martha Washington.  Nicely centered example.

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Franklin $5 Ohio obsolete

$5 Remainder from The Franklin Silk Company, Franklin, Portage Co., Ohio that features Prosperina, Mercury and Vulcan.

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Coatesville $5 Pennsylvania obsolete

A bright red background on this lovely $5 Proof from Coatesville with balanced margins all around.  Punch cancellations at bottom […]

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Coatesville $10 Pennsylvania obsolete

A well centered black and white Proof from Coatesville, PA with six hole punch cancellations at bottom.  Margins all around […]

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Erie $5 Pennsylvania obsolete

Vivid red underprinting on this fully issued example with vignette of sailors on dock at upper right.  Clear signatures and […]

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$5Pennsylvania18__LewistownPCGS 63$695
Lewistown $5 Pennsylvania obsolete


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Northampton $10 Pennsylvania obsolete
$20Pennsylvania18--PhiladelphiaPCGS 50PPQ$525
Philadelphia $20 Pennsylvania obsolete

The Western Bank.  A tougher note with broad margins all around. Vignette of workers in cotton field at center.  Perforated […]

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Philadelphia $20 Pennsylvania obsolete

A pleasing, uncirculated punch-hole cancelled proof from Philadelphia.  Lovely vignettes of workers on wagons at right and left of this […]

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