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.

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DenomStateDateCityGradePrice
$1Alabama1862MontgomeryCU$225
Montgomery $1 Alabama obsolete

The Farmers Bank of Alabama. Fully issued, printed during the Civil War. Allegorical maid seated on bale, shield with cotton […]

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$10Connecticut18New HavenCH CU$155
New Haven $10 Connecticut obsolete

The City Bank of New Haven. Very vivid vignettes of cherubs with portraits of Washington and Franklin. Large red “TEN” […]

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$20Connecticut18NorfolkCH CU $440
Norfolk $20 Connecticut obsolete

Connecticut State Arms on this nicely centered, vividly inked remainder. This note is well centered with pink microprinting.

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$3Connecticut18StoningtonCH CU$275
Stonington $3 Connecticut obsolete

The Stonington Bank. Vivid red tints and broad margins all around. A lovely note with steamship Plymouth Rock at center […]

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$1Connecticut18StoningtonUNC$175
Stonington $1 Connecticut obsolete

Gorgeous, uncirculated example. Vivid red underprints and pleasing margins all around. Sailor looks seaward at center.

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$5Delaware1813DoverFINE$345
Dover $5 Delaware obsolete

The Farmers Bank of the State of Delaware. A very nice example that is fully issued and dated on the […]

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$10Delaware18--WilmingtonPROOF$795
Wilmington $10 Delaware obsolete

A well entered proof on card from one of the tougher states to acquire an obsolete.  Hole punch cancelled at […]

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$0.05Delaware1814WilmingtonVG$150
Wilmington $0.05 Delaware obsolete

Corporation of the Borough of Wilmington. A piece of merchant script with a beehive in center.

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$3Delaware1824WilmingtonFINE$125
Wilmington $3 Delaware obsolete

Bank of Delaware. An inexpensive example of an early (1824) $3 note – black letters.

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$1Florida1861TallahasseeVF$195
Tallahassee $1 Florida obsolete

Evenly circulated with margins all around, clear signatures of C.W. Austin, Treasurer and John Milton, Governor.

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$100Florida1861TallahasseeVF$325
Tallahassee $100 Florida obsolete

A high denomination example from a popular State.  Evenly circulated with bold signature and signed by  John Milton, Governor.  Clear […]

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$100Georgia1860AugustaVF$325
Augusta $100 Georgia obsolete

The Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. Large central vignette of US Capitol Building. Red tints. Scarce high denomination. Red 10 […]

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$1Georgia1861AugustaFine$65
Augusta $1 Georgia obsolete

Evenly circulated “Certificate of Deposit”.  Black with red printing and border at margins.  Clear signatures.

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$5Georgia1862MaconVF$365
Macon $5 Georgia obsolete

The Manufacturers Bank. Maid carried by flying eagle. Green overall tints. Many of these notes I have observed have weak […]

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$10Georgia1860SavannahVF$75
Savannah $10 Georgia obsolete

A vividly inked VF with deep red X’s and embellishments. Fully issued and punch hole cancelled.

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$2Indiana18La PorteCH CU $325
La Porte $2 Indiana obsolete

Error Obsolete Note with Overprint on Back.  Vivid inks, balanced margins with beautiful vignette of farmer and dog herding sheep.

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$5Kentucky18RussellvilleCU$270
Russellville $5 Kentucky obsolete

Proof with a small fault on back, still lovely colors with dark red overprint “FIVE” on front.

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$5Louisiana1862AlexandriaAU$350
Alexandria $5 Louisiana obsolete

Fully issued with bright red overprinting. Train in oval.

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$5Louisiana2/8/1862AlexandriaVF$285
Alexandria $5 Louisiana obsolete

Train in oval at center with Red “Five Dollars” overprint. Fully issued in VF condition.

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$1000Louisiana18New OrleansCH CU $350
New Orleans $1000 Louisiana obsolete

New Orleans, LA Remainder. Prosperity and Liberty at center. Lovely reverse.

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$1000Louisiana18--New OrleansCU$395
New Orleans $1000 Louisiana obsolete

$1000 Remainder from The New Canal & Banking Company, New Orleans, LA. Wind and steam team up in the beautiful […]

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$5Louisiana1856New OrleansAU$295
New Orleans $5 Louisiana obsolete

Issued example with Ships at Sea at center and sailor at lower right. Lovely, nicely centered with red reverse.

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$5Maine1859HallowellVG$100
Hallowell $5 Maine obsolete

Vignette of woman with flag and eagle at the top of the note and four different “5”s on the front. […]

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$3Maine12/11/1837PortlandCU$150
Portland $3 Maine obsolete

United States Exchange Company. Fully issued $3 denomination payable at Portland, Maine. Vignette of teacher and Native American with globe.

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$5Maine1845WestbrookFINE$295
Westbrook $5 Maine obsolete

A scarcer denomination from the bank with a large “V” on the front and a maid with a shield.

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$100Maryland18HagerstownXF$125
Hagerstown $100 Maryland obsolete

A high denomination remainder. Vignette of Liberty with eagle and shield at center.  Kelly Obsolete Guide shows VF at $100 […]

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$3Maryland1862/4SalisburyCH CU $175
Salisbury $3 Maryland obsolete

Fully issued note with vignette of Wheelbarrow being repaired at center. Nicely centered with vivid inks.  Note that red number […]

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$2Nebraska18-FlorenceXF$175
Florence $2 Nebraska obsolete

Lovely, nicely centered note with seated Native American at center and Liberty at left. Large block letter TWO in red.

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$2Nebraska1852OmahaCU$450
Omaha $2 Nebraska obsolete

A fully issued note with red outlined TWO overprint.

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$0.10New Jersey186HaddonfieldVF$65
Haddonfield $0.10 New Jersey obsolete

A pleasing piece of scrip from a popular town.  Vivid inks and clear vignettes.

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