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
64$5Legal Tender1869PMG 40$2250
FR 64 $5

A pleasing XF Rainbow with broad margins all around.  Forest green on reverse and bright paper on the front.

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69$5Legal Tender1878Fine$325
FR 69 $5

An affordable example of an early issue Woodchopper with floral embellishment.  Margins all around and problem free.

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85$5Legal Tender1907VF$265
FR 85 $5

A bright, boldly inked Napier McClung Woodchopper that is evenly circulated and well centered.  “January 19 1912” is written on […]

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87$5Legal Tender1907PMG 35EPQ$345
FR 87 $5

Desirable Woodchopper with vivid red numbers and seals. Balanced margins all around and Exceptional Paper Quality noted by PMG.

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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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91$5Legal Tender1907CH XF$365
FR 91 $5

A well centered Woodchopper with bold red seal and serial numbers, bright overall paper and the eye appeal of a […]

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92$5Legal Tender1907XF$365
FR 92 $5

Very bright and evenly circulated, three-fold XF with balanced margins on front and back.  Woods/White signatures.

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106$10Legal Tender1880PMG 64EPQ$2095
FR 106 $10

A  lovely Jackass note with large red spiked seal.  Bold colors, beautiful embossing, balanced margins and overall bright paper are […]

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107$10Legal Tender1880PMG 58EPQ$1650
FR 107 $10

A lovely Choice AU note with navy blue serial numbers and large red spiked seal.  Beautifully centered on both front […]

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114$10Legal Tender1901CH VF$1765
FR 114 $10

This evenly circulated Bison note has bright paper, margins all around and pleasing colors.  A problem free example of this […]

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117$10Legal Tender1901VF$1150
FR 117 $10

This Vernon-McClung signature combination is the scarcest of the Bisons issued.  There are only 142 examples recorded by Track & […]

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122$10Legal Tender1907PMG 15$685
FR 122 $10

A bright and well centered Bison that has retained its vivid inks.  John Burke back plate #334.

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122$10Legal Tender1901Fine$575
FR 122 $10

A nicely centered example that has retained its bright colors.  Several tiny holes in the body of the note.

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122$10Legal Tender1901VF$1150
FR 122 $10

Evenly circulated Bison with balanced margins and pleasing colors. Very bright note with bold red seals and serial numbers.  Problem […]

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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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122$10Legal Tender1901VF$975
FR 122 $10

An evenly circulated, nicely centered and bright Bison note.  There are quite a few pinholes in this note but it […]

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122m$10Legal Tender1901PMG 63EPQ$4475
FR 122m $10
147$20Legal Tender1880PMG 35EPQ$1395
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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147$20Legal Tender1880VF$465
FR 147 $20