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.

  • State

$2New Jersey1861TrentonCU$400
Trenton $2 New Jersey obsolete

A lovely, uncirculated note printed by NBNCo. with two large 2’s printed in vivid green next to portrait as well […]

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$2New York1850sDundeePMG 20NET$1850
Dundee $2 New York obsolete

A very rare note from J.T. Raplee’s Bank, a small private bank in New York.  This fully issued  example bears […]

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$2New York1854OgdensburghFine$250
Ogdensburgh $2 New York obsolete

Judson Bank, Lawrence County, Ogdensburgh, NY.  Fully issued with Indians and horse at center, steam engine at left and red […]

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$2New York1818UnadillaF/VF$165
Unadilla $2 New York obsolete

Susquehanna Bridge Co., Unadilla, New York.   Fully issued with Indian canoeing on stream at center.

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$5North Carolina1859LexingtonVF$90
Lexington $5 North Carolina obsolete

An evenly circulated example from Lexington, NC dated 9 August, 1859.  Pleasing red overprints and micro-underprinting on this fully issued […]

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$5North CarolinaApril 26, 1860MurphyFine$145
Murphy $5 North Carolina obsolete

Nicely centered example with leasing red overprints and two red “V”s.  Fully dated and issued.

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Franklin $5 Ohio obsolete

$5 Remainder from The Franklin Silk Company, Franklin, Portage Co., Ohio that features Prosperina, Mercury and Vulcan.

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Coatesville $5 Pennsylvania obsolete

A bright red background on this lovely $5 Proof from Coatesville with balanced margins all around.  Punch cancellations at bottom […]

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Coatesville $10 Pennsylvania obsolete

A well centered black and white Proof from Coatesville, PA with six hole punch cancellations at bottom.  Margins all around […]

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Erie $5 Pennsylvania obsolete

Vivid red underprinting on this fully issued example with vignette of sailors on dock at upper right.  Clear signatures and […]

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$5Pennsylvania18__LewistownPCGS 63$695
Lewistown $5 Pennsylvania obsolete


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Northampton $10 Pennsylvania obsolete
$20Pennsylvania18--PhiladelphiaPCGS 50PPQ$525
Philadelphia $20 Pennsylvania obsolete

The Western Bank.  A tougher note with broad margins all around. Vignette of workers in cotton field at center.  Perforated […]

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Philadelphia $20 Pennsylvania obsolete

A pleasing, uncirculated punch-hole cancelled proof from Philadelphia.  Lovely vignettes of workers on wagons at right and left of this […]

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Rockdale $0.05 Pennsylvania obsolete

5 cent 1862 John B. Rhodes, Rockdale, Delaware County, PA, s/n 25. Vignette of Indian at left. Eagle on shield […]

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Rockdale $0.10 Pennsylvania obsolete

10 cent 1862 John B. Rhodes, Rockdale, Delaware County, PA, S/N 13. Maiden with basket at left. Eagle on shield […]

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$5Rhode Island1860'sProvidencePMG 67EPQ $245
Providence $5 Rhode Island obsolete


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$5South Carolina1861CharlestonCH CU $195
Charleston $5 South Carolina obsolete

Oxen pulling wagon center, Elmore at left. Fully issued with Red reverse. A beautiful, Choice CU example.

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$5South Carolina1873ColumbiaCH CU $350
Columbia $5 South Carolina obsolete

Train roars ahead on green tinted paper. Well centered CH CU with bold green reverse. Price below Kelly Guide.

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$5Tennessee1854MemphisCH CU $245
Memphis $5 Tennessee obsolete

Fully issued uncirculated note with two very small pinholes. Portrait of Washington at Center, two blue 5’s.

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$3Vermont1887St. AlbansXF$185
St. Albans $3 Vermont obsolete

A fully issued example,payable New York City, and marked as Spurious in Kelly Obsolete Guide Book.  Dated November 6, 1837.

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$0.50Virginia1868MonaskonCH CU $375
Monaskon $0.50 Virginia obsolete

First National Oyster Bank, Monaskon, VA Obsolete. A pleasing “fractional” remainder note with vividly inked green reverse.

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$2Washington DC1852Washington DCUNC$195
Washington DC $2 Washington DC obsolete

A pleasing uncirculated and fully issued example from our nation’s capital.

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$3Washington DCJuly 4, 1862Washington DCCU $525
Washington DC $3 Washington DC obsolete

An uncirculated. issued note with bright colors and fancy green scroll work on back.

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Hudson $1 Wisconsin obsolete

The City of Hudson

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$5Wisconsin1850WaupunPMG 65EPQ$435
Waupun $5 Wisconsin obsolete

Corn Exchange Bank, Waupun.  Man picking corn in field at center. Lovely red overprint “FIVE” with blue stamped serial number. […]

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$1Wisconsin1850's - 1860'sWaupunPMG 65EPQ$325
Waupun $1 Wisconsin obsolete

The Corn Exchange Bank, Waupun.  Gem remainder with blue stamped serial number, vignette of  maiden, globe and sailing ship at […]

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