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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$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$235
Tallahassee $100 Florida obsolete

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

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$5Georgia1862MaconVF$325
Macon $5 Georgia obsolete

The Manufacturers Bank.   America soars with eagle and flag at center.   Green overall tints. Many of these notes I have […]

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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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$1Indiana1858PetersburgXF$260
Petersburg $1 Indiana obsolete

Vignette of man and dog battling a bear at center of this fully issued XF example. Deep red microprinting on […]

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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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$500Louisiana18--New OrleansCH AU $245
New Orleans $500 Louisiana obsolete

Ocean going steamship and sailboats at center. Margins all around with only a corner fold at lower right. Vivid red […]

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$500Louisiana18New OrleansCH CU$465
New Orleans $500 Louisiana obsolete

Griffins on guard at center with large blue ‘D’ underprint. Margins all around on this bright Choice CU. Kelly Obsolete […]

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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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$1Maryland186-BaltimoreXF$295
Baltimore $1 Maryland obsolete

A very bright and vividly inked remainder with margins all around.  Deep green protector panel at left of note, as […]

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$2Mississippi1870JacksonCH CU $145
Jackson $2 Mississippi obsolete

Vignette of cotton wagon being loaded on a hole-canceled note.  Very bright example.

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$4Missouri186-CH AU $225
 $4 Missouri obsolete

Margins all around on this $4 Missouri Defense Bond with deep red overprints on front. Vignette of steamboats on river. […]

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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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$3Nebraska1857Omaha CityPMG 64 $185
Omaha City $3 Nebraska obsolete

A pleasing Choice CU remainder on the Western Exchange F&M Insurance Company with plate date November 2, 1857.  A desirable […]

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$1New Jersey1852Cape May Court HousePMG 64$725
Cape May Court House $1 New Jersey obsolete

Gorgeous Proof from American Exchange Bank, 1/1/1852, Cape May Court House, NJ with margins all around and lovely vignette of […]

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$1New Jersey1861Egg HarborPMG 25 $175
Egg Harbor $1 New Jersey obsolete

A problem free Very Fine example from Egg Harbor City that is fully issued.  Vignette of hounds  chasing stag at […]

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