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 Tender1862VF$1075
FR 16C $1

A pleasing example with bold inks and margins all around.  Evenly circulated with small stain in top margin.

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16C$1Legal Tender1862PCGS 55PPQ$2350
FR 16C $1

This lovely CH AU boasts vivid inks on bright paper. Original note with Premium Paper Quality noted by PCGS.

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27$1Legal Tender1878CH CU $2250
FR 27 $1

An uncirculated, nicely centered 1878 Legal Tender with cherry red serial numbers and pleasing pink seal and floral embellishment.

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27$1Legal Tender1878PCGS 58$1850
FR 27 $1

A nicely centered example with vivid blue end paper across bottom margin as well as pleasing inks on front and […]

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30$1Legal Tender1880F-VF$365
FR 30 $1

Large brown seal and red serial numbers on this nicely centered Legal.  It should be noted that there are some […]

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36$1Legal Tender1917XF$285
FR 36 $1

A pleasing XF with margins all around and cherry red seal and serial numbers.

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40$1Legal Tender1923VF$325
FR 40 $1
41$2Legal Tender1862CH VF$2375
FR 41 $2

A very bright early issue Legal Deuce. Vivid inks on front and back as well as pleasing margins all around.

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42$2Legal Tender1869PCGS 58PPQ$9750
FR 42 $2

A stunning Deuce Rainbow with all the eye appeal of a Gem CU.  Beautiful colors on front and back, margins […]

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56$2Legal Tender1880Fine$250
FR 56 $2

Problem free and affordable 1880 deuce that is well centered and has retained its pleasant inks.

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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 Tender1917AU$425
FR 60 $2

A pleasing AU example with three balanced margins, bottom margin is tight.  Cherry red seal and numbers, as well as […]

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77$5Legal Tender1880VF$725
FR 77 $5

A tough FR number with only 98 examples recorded in the Track & Price census.  This evenly circulated example has […]

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88$5Legal Tender1907PMG 25$295.
FR 88 $5
91$5Legal Tender1907CH AU $795
FR 91 $5

A bright Choice AU Woodchopper with balanced margins all around,  deep red seal and serial numbers and bright paper.  A […]

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91$5Legal Tender1907CH VF$395
FR 91 $5

This well-centered Woodchopper is problem free with broad margins and bold inks on front and back.

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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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114$10Legal Tender1901PMG 25 $1650
FR 114 $10

Evenly circulated Bison with cherry red seal and serial numbers.  Nicely centered Very Fine – PMG notes “stain” on reverse.

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122$10Legal Tender1901VF$2150
FR 122 $10

A bright, evenly circulated Bison note with cherry red seals and serial numbers, as well as pleasing margins all around.

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128$20Legal Tender1875PMG 20$1775
FR 128 $20

A rather tough FR number with only 64 examples recorded by Track & Price. This is a well centered and […]

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135$20Legal Tender1880PMG 25 $1275
FR 135 $20

An evenly circulated and nicely centered example with large red seal and bold blue serial numbers.

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136$20Legal Tender1880PMG 40$1950
FR 136 $20

A very bright Legal with bold blue serial numbers and beautiful large red spiked seal.

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181$100Legal Tender1880PMG 35 $28750
FR 181 $100

A pleasing example of this desirable issue with broad margins all around, bright paper, deep blue serial numbers and cherry […]

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