Legal Tender

The term legal tender can be applied to any old currency that was issued as a United States note. Legal tenders were not bank issued and not backed by gold or silver. The US initially experimented with legal tenders during the Civil War. Be sure to visit our small size legal tender and type notes pages for more information.

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Fr No.DenomTypeDateGradePrice
60$2Legal Tender1917CH AU $235
FR 60 $2

The second of two consecutive notes, another pleasing Choice AU with vivid inks and margins all around.  A perfect pair!

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60$2Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 60 $2

A very bright note with margins all around.  Cherry red seal and serial numbers, as well as deep green reverse, […]

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61A$5Legal Tender1862PMG 20 $1425
FR 61A $5

Offset Printing of Signatures on Back and Minor Rust noted by PMG.

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63$5Legal Tender1863Fine+$575
FR 63 $5

An intact and problem free early issue Legal with balanced margins all around.

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64$5Legal Tender1869PCGS 64PPQ$3,950
FR 64 $5

A bright and vividly inked Rainbow note with margins all around.

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64$5Legal Tender1869PCGS 58 $1985
FR 64 $5

A vividly inked Choice AU Rainbow note with balanced margins all around.  This lovely note boasts deep blue inks on […]

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91$5Legal Tender1907F/VF$195
FR 91 $5

Margins all around, as well as vivid inks on this problem free note.  

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91$5Legal Tender1907CH AU $465
FR 91 $5

A gorgeous Woodchopper with bright paper and bold colors.  Margins all around with cherry red seal and serial numbers.

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103$10Legal Tender1880PMG 53 $1650
FR 103 $10

This lovely Jackass note has margins all around, bright paper, deep blue serial numbers and vivid large red seal. A […]

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122$10Legal Tender1901VF$1175
FR 122 $10

An evenly circulated Bison note with bright paper and bold inks on front and back.

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128$20Legal Tender1875PCGS 20 $2350
FR 128 $20

A rather tough FR number with only 64 examples recorded by Track & Price.  This is a well centered PCGS […]

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135$20Legal Tender1880VF$1565
FR 135 $20

A tougher 1880 Legal with large red seal and Rosencrans/Hyatt signatures.  This note is one of only 98 recorded in […]

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136$20Legal Tender1880PMG 40$1995
FR 136 $20

A very bright Legal with bold blue serial numbers and beautiful large red spiked seal.

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147$20Legal Tender1880PMG 35EPQ$1195
FR 147 $20

This vividly inked legal has all the eye appeal of a higher grade note.  Bright paper, balanced margins and Exceptional […]

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