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

Roxbury $1.25 Massachusetts obsolete

The Roxbury Bank. Vignettes of sailing ships in center, eagle on rock at lower right and train on right. Clear […]

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$1.75Michigan1840AdrianCH AU $185
Adrian $1.75 Michigan obsolete

Erie and Kalamazoo Rail-Road Bank note with margins all around, fully issued and signed.  Pleasing vignette of train at center […]

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$1Michigan1854Ann ArborPMG 25NET$68
Ann Arbor $1 Michigan obsolete

Margins all around with clear signatures and pleasing vignettes. Net grade due to previous mounting.

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$5Michigan18PeninsularCH CU$120
Peninsular $5 Michigan obsolete

The Peninsular Bank. Maiden and ships in center. Lovely green overprints with green design on reverse.

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Tekama $1 Nebraska obsolete

The Bank of Tekama in Burt County. Maiden and Indian at center. Red “ONE” overprinted. Fully issued note with St.Louis […]

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$8New Jersey18--PatersonAU$150
Paterson $8 New Jersey obsolete

A desirable $8 denomination on this Remainder from Paterson, New Jersey.  Margins all around, as well as bold inks on […]

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$5New York1836New YorkVF$645
New York $5 New York obsolete

The Manhattan Company

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$3New York1840New YorkXF/AU$545
New York $3 New York obsolete

The New York Exchange Bank

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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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$10North Carolina1859RaleighABT VF$500
Raleigh $10 North Carolina obsolete

Lovely vignettes of slave with oxen on left and slave with horses on right. Vivid red overprints and double red […]

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$5Ohio18FranklinPMG 58EPQ$75
Franklin $5 Ohio obsolete

The Franklin Silk Company. Well-centered remainder with cherub at center and Ben Franklin at right. Exceptional Paper Quality noted by […]

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Bristol $5 Pennsylvania obsolete

The Farmers Bank of Bucks County. Vignette of two stallions and eagle at center. Portrait of Washington at left. Clear […]

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Chambersburg $10 Pennsylvania obsolete

Fully signed and issued note from Chambersburg.

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Coatesville $10 Pennsylvania obsolete

A lovely AU proof from Coatesville with bold ink and bright paper.  Punch cancelled at bottom with small tear at […]

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Coatesville $5 Pennsylvania obsolete

A gorgeous AU Proof with a small tear in the body of the note.  Pleasing colors and lovely vignette at […]

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Lancaster $1 Pennsylvania obsolete

The Lancaster Bank. Vignette of maiden on shore watching sailboats at sea. “Re-Issue” at bottom. Fully signed and dated.

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Lebanon $5 Pennsylvania obsolete

The Lebanon Bank. Fully issued with margins all around. Dated June 17th, 1849.

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$5Pennsylvania18__LewistownPCGS 63$695
Lewistown $5 Pennsylvania obsolete


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Norristown $10 Pennsylvania obsolete

The Bank of Montgomery County. A lovely note with clear signatures and margins all around.

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$20Pennsylvania18PhiladelphiaPCGS 61$350
Philadelphia $20 Pennsylvania obsolete

The Western Bank of Philadelphia. Two maidens with ships and trains at center. Vivid inking and balanced margins.

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$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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Reading $10 Pennsylvania obsolete

A problem free remainder from  Berks County, Pa.  Pleasing train vignette at center with margins at three sides, bottom is […]

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$2Rhode Island18NewportCU$120
Newport $2 Rhode Island obsolete

New England Commercial Bank. Black inks and black “TWO” o/p. Well centered remainder.

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$5Rhode Island1860'sProvidencePMG 67EPQ $245
Providence $5 Rhode Island obsolete


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$5Rhode Island1838WarwickCH CU$165
Warwick $5 Rhode Island obsolete

The Warwick Bank. Partially issued note dated Jan 1, 1858 and signed by President. Two maids at center, red o/p […]

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Clarksville $5 Tennessee obsolete

The Bank of America

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$5Tennessee1854MemphisCH CU$245
Memphis $5 Tennessee obsolete

The Mechanics Bank

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$5Vermont185Swanton FallsCH CU$285
Swanton Falls $5 Vermont obsolete

The Union Bank

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$2Vermont1859Swanton FallsVG$1,501
Swanton Falls $2 Vermont obsolete

The Union Bank

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$1Vermont18WindsorCH CU$75
Windsor $1 Vermont obsolete

The Bank of Windsor

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