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

$$5NebraskaOctober 1, 1857OmahaVF$185
Omaha $$5 Nebraska obsolete

A vividly inked note with large white 5 outlined in red.  Fully issued with serial number 3333! Vignette of sailor […]

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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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$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 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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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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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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Erie $5 Pennsylvania obsolete

A pleasing, deep red, example with margins all around.  Fully issued with clear penned signatures, date and serial number.  Vignette […]

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$$1Pennsylvania181Hulme VilleCU$195
Hulme Ville $$1 Pennsylvania obsolete

An uncirculated remainder from the Farmers Bank of Bucks County.  Full margins at top and bottom, sides are unevenly cut,

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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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$1Pennsylvania1865NorristownPMG 66EPQ$495
Norristown $1 Pennsylvania obsolete

A desirable remainder on this popular Four Generals obsolete bank note from Norristown, PA.  This beautifully centered example is graded […]

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Northampton $$10 Pennsylvania obsolete

A Pennsylvania obsolete note written in German bearing signatures of John Rice, cashier and Peter Rhoads, President.

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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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Reading $10 Pennsylvania obsolete

A pleasing punch canceled remainder with margins all around. Vignette of train on bridge at center.

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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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Nashville $5 Tennessee obsolete

Nicely centered and fully issued with FIVE in red block letters.  Washington on horseback at right.

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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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$20Virginia18RichmondCH/GEM CU$88
Richmond $20 Virginia obsolete

The Traders Bank

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