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 example of this early issue type.  Pleasing colors on both the front and back, this variety has “National […]

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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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17A$1FRN1862VF$585
FR 17A $1

A desirable, early issue legal that has been evenly circulated and retained its pleasing colors. Two small pinholes and small […]

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18$1Legal Tender1869PMG 30 $1425
FR 18 $1

A pleasing, evenly circulated & problem free mid-grade Rainbow note.  Nicely centered with vivid colors on both the front and […]

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19$1Legal Tender1874PMG 35 $975
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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19$1Legal Tender1874VF$435
FR 19 $1

An evenly circulated example of the popular $1 1874 Legal with red seal and floral embellishment.  Margins all around.

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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 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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37$1Legal Tender1917VF$135
FR 37 $1

Evenly circulated, problem free and affordable Legal with cherry red seal and serial numbers.

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH CU $375
FR 39 $1

A bright and nicely centered Legal with cherry red seal and serial numbers.  Speelman/White signatures.

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39$1Legal Tender1917XF$215
FR 39 $1

A bright and  nicely centered three-fold XF.  Vivid red seal and numbers.

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH CU $375
FR 39 $1

Boldly inked Choice CU example with margins all around.

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42$2Legal Tender1869VF$1150
FR 42 $2

A problem free, evenly circulated Rainbow deuce.  Quite a popular type note.

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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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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 Tender1917CH CU $450
FR 57 $2

A  Choice CU deuce from 1917 with balanced margins all around.  Deep red serial numbers and seal, as well as […]

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60$2Legal Tender1917XF$265
FR 60 $2

A pleasing XF Jefferson with three balanced margins, bottom is tight but not into the note.  Vivid red seal and […]

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63$5Legal Tender1863VF$875
FR 63 $5

A bright example of this desirable type. Margins all around with several pinholes and closed margin splits. Priced accordingly.

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63$5Legal Tender1863PMG 30 $1175
FR 63 $5

A bright and problem free example of this desirable type note.  Bold inks on both the front and back.

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64$5Legal Tender1869PMG 58 $1995
FR 64 $5

A vividly inked Choice AU Rainbow note with pleasing and balanced margins all around. A lovely example that boasts deep […]

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67$5Legal Tender1875PMG 64EPQ$2850
FR 67 $5
73$5Legal Tender1880PMG 58EPQ$1800
FR 73 $5
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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