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
52$2Legal Tender1880VF$685
FR 52 $2

A nicely centered and evenly circulated legal with large brown seal and red serial numbers, as well as margins all […]

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57$2Legal Tender1917CH CU $450
FR 57 $2

A  Choice CU deuce from 1917 with balanced margins all around.  Deep red serial numbers and seal, as well as […]

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58$2Legal Tender1917CH VF$185
FR 58 $2

This evenly circulated deuce has balanced margins and vivid red seal and serial numbers on bright paper.  Problem free example.

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60$2Legal Tender1917VF$145
FR 60 $2

Evenly circulated Jefferson deuce with margins all around and vivid red seal.

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60$2Legal Tender1917VF$185
FR 60 $2

A problem free VF note with margins all around, although the bottom margin is tight, it is not cut into […]

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60$2Legal Tender1917XF$225
FR 60 $2

A bright and boldly inked Jefferson with margins all around.

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60$2Legal Tender1917VF$185
FR 60 $2

This evenly circulated Jefferson note has bold red seal and serial numbers.  An affordable example.

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60$2Legal Tender1917VF$135
FR 60 $2

A bright Jefferson deuce with three nice margins and a tight bottom margins.  Vivid red seal and serial numbers.

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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 Tender1863PMG 30 $1175
FR 63 $5

A bright and problem free example of this desirable type note.  Bold inks on both the front and back.

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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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73$5Legal Tender1880CH CU $1275
FR 73 $5

A desirable 1880 Woodchopper with large red seal.  Margins all around, bold blue serial numbers, vivid green reverse.  Small foxing […]

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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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120$10Legal Tender1901PMG 35 $1850
FR 120 $10

A lovely Bison with cherry red seals and serial numbers and balanced margins all around.  Pleasing, mid-grade example of this […]

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122$10Legal Tender1901VF$875
FR 122 $10

A problem free Bison note with pleasing margins and colors.

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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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123$10Legal Tender1923Fine$2350
FR 123 $10

An evenly circulated and nicely margined example of the always popular “Poker Chip”  note.  This problem free note has retained […]

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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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