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
30$1Legal Tender1880VF$565
FR 30 $1

An evenly circulated and problem free Legal with large brown seal and red serial numbers.  Margins all around on this […]

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36$1Legal Tender1917PMG 55 $345
FR 36 $1

A very bright Legal with margins all around.  Vivid inks on both front and back.

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH CU $565
FR 39 $1

A very bright and well centered Legal with cherry red seal and numbers.

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH CU $785
FR 40 $1

A very bright Legal with bold red seals and serial numbers.  Balanced margins on front and back of this lovely […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923PMG 30$348
FR 40 $1

Evenly circulated example of this popular Legal.  Vivid red seal and numbers as well as balanced margins all around.

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60$2Legal Tender1917CH AU$495
FR 60 $2

Some of the best margins you will see on a FR 60!  Very bright with bold inks on front and […]

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60$2Legal Tender1917PMG 40EPQ$395
FR 60 $2

Margins all around on this pleasing Jefferson deuce with cherry red seal and numbers.  No hard folds visible on this […]

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69$5Legal Tender1878PMG 45$1650
FR 69 $5

A tougher 1878 $5 Legal with only 287 examples recorded in the Track & Price census.  A lovely example with […]

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72$5Legal Tender1880PCGS 55$1345
FR 72 $5

Margins all around on this bright Chief with bold red serial numbers and dark brown large seal.  Especially dark green […]

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88$5Legal Tender1907PMG 64 $1050
FR 88 $5

A lovely Woodchopper bearing the Teehee Burke signature combination.  A bright and vividly inked example with pleasing centering.

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91$5Legal Tender1907PMG 15 $198
FR 91 $5

PCBLIC Error on this Choice Fine Woodchopper.  Affordably priced.

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91$5Legal Tender1907Gem CU $965
FR 91 $5

A lovely Gem Woodchopper with bold red seals and serial numbers and dark green reverse.  Punch-thru embossing is clearly evident […]

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91$5Legal Tender1907XF$585
FR 91 $5
113$10Legal Tender1880PMG 64 EPQ$2648
FR 113 $10
114$10Legal Tender1901CH VF$2650
FR 114 $10

Quite a pleasing, evenly circulated Bison.  Margins all around on this problem free example with bright background and bold inks.  […]

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123$10Legal Tender1923PCGS 25PPQ$4350
FR 123 $10

A well centered $10 1923 Legal “Poker Chip” with balanced margins all around.  Vivid red seals and serial numbers on […]

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147m$20Legal Tender1880PMG 40$1775
FR 147m $20

One of only 111 examples bearing the Elliott/White signature combination.  This visually pleasing XF example has balanced margins, bright paper […]

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181$100Legal Tender1880PMG 35 $26500
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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