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
16c$1Legal Tender1862PMG 58 $1985
FR 16c $1

A lovely, early issue Legal Tender with pleasing margins all around,  Deep red seal and numbers, as well as bold […]

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16c$1Legal Tender1862PMG 58 $1950
FR 16c $1

A bright and boldly inked early issue Legal.  This note boasts margins all around, as well as deep red seal […]

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18$1Legal Tender1869VF$975
FR 18 $1

A vividly inked Rainbow note with margins all around.  Several small margin splits in top margin.

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19$1Legal Tender1874PMG 35 $895.
FR 19 $1

A lovely, early issue Legal Tender with red seal and serial numbers, as well as red floral embellishment.  Broad margins, […]

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27$1Legal Tender1878PMG 25NET$475
FR 27 $1

Pinholes noted by PMG on this Very Fine note with lovely floral embellishment and blue end paper.  Well centered.

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28$1Legal Tender1880VF$465
FR 28 $1

A nicely centered example of this tougher FR number with large brown seal and bold red serial numbers.  Schofield/Gilfillan signature […]

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28$1Legal Tender1880PMG 63EPQ$1075
FR 28 $1

A vividly inked and bright large brown seal with red serial numbers and margins all around. Left bottom margin is […]

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31$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$1450
FR 31 $1

A beautiful and boldly inked Legal with a bright background, deep blue serial numbers and vivid large red spiked seal. […]

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36$1Legal Tender1917CH CU $465
FR 36 $1

A very bright and boldly inked example with margins all around.  Teehee/Burke signatures.

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36$1Legal Tender1917PMG 35EPQ$235
FR 36 $1

Well centered with bright paper, cherry red seal and numbers and margins all around.  Exceptional Paper Quality noted by PMG.

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38$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$195
FR 38 $1

An evenly circulated and problem free Choice VF with bright paper and cherry red seal and serial numbers.  Lovely green […]

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38$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$195
FR 38 $1

A well-centered, mid-grade example with cherry red seal and numbers and bold green reverse.

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39$1Legal Tender1917PMG 45EPQ$245
FR 39 $1

A bright and well centered three-fold Choice XF with Exceptionally Paper Quality noted by PMG.

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42$2Legal Tender1869PMG 25 $1450
FR 42 $2

Minor Repair (small closed tear in right side margin) noted by PMG on this evenly circulated Rainbow deuce. Well centered […]

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42$2Legal Tender1869PCGS 58PPQ$6950
FR 42 $2

A stunning Rainbow Deuce with beautiful inks, deep blue end paper and pleasing margins all around. Premium Paper Quality is […]

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43$2Legal Tender1874VF$585
FR 43 $2

A desirable type with lovely floral embellishment and small red seal, as well as vivid red serial numbers.  Blue end […]

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50$2Legal Tender1880PMG 25 $675
FR 50 $2

An evenly circulated Jefferson note with margins all around, bold red serial numbers and large brown seal.  There are only […]

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50$2Legal Tender1880PMG 35 $485
FR 50 $2

‘Trimmed’  This large brown seal deuce has bold inks and bright paper.  Three decent margins, with left side very tight.  […]

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57$2Legal Tender1917PCGS 35$235
FR 57 $2

Evenly circulated with margins all around on this mid-grade Jefferson.  Bright overall paper with vivid inks.

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60$2Legal Tender1917VF$265
FR 60 $2
60$2Legal Tender1917CH VF$325
FR 60 $2

A very bright and boldly inked example with margins all around – bottom margin is tight but not into note.

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60$2Legal Tender1917PMG 35EPQ$235
FR 60 $2

Evenly circulated and problem free with margins all around and cherry red seal.  Exceptional Paper Quality noted by PMG.

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69$5Legal Tender1878CH CU $2350
FR 69 $5

A beautiful Woodchopper with lovely floral embellishment and vivid blue end paper across top margin.  Uncirculated with margins all around.  […]

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73$5Legal Tender1880PMG 58EPQ$1800
FR 73 $5

A beautiful Woodchopper with bold blue serial numbers and large red seal.  Well centered and vividly inked with pleasing margins […]

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73$5Legal Tender1880PMG 63 $1275
FR 73 $5

Minor Rust noted by PMG on this vividly inked, early issue Woodchopper with large red seal and blue serial numbers.  […]

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82$5Legal Tender1880PMG 53 $985
FR 82 $5

A lovely AU Woodchopper  and one of only 83 notes bearing the Lyons-Roberts signature combination recorded by Track & Price.  […]

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84$5Legal Tender1907VF$395
FR 84 $5

A well-centered and very bright Woodchopper with bold red serial numbers and seals.

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90$5Legal Tender1907VF$265
FR 90 $5

Pleasing and problem free Very Fine Woodchopper with nice margins.

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91$5Legal Tender1907PMG 55 $685
FR 91 $5

A bright and vividly inked AU Woodchopper with cherry red seal and serial numbers and margins all around.  This note […]

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91$5Legal Tender1907VF$245
FR 91 $5

A pleasing and problem free mid-grade Woodchopper.  This note has margins all around and deep red seals and serial numbers.

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