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
27$1Legal Tender1878XF-AU$1065
FR 27 $1

This $1 1878 has small red seal with rays and floral embellishment on front, as well as pleasing blue end […]

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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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36 $1Legal Tender1917PMG 58EPQ$425
FR 36  $1

A lovely and bright CH AU with margins all around PMG notes Exceptional Paper Quality.

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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 Tender1923PMG 30 $385
FR 40 $1

Broad margins all around, along with vivid red seals and numbers on this VF 30 example.

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40$1Legal Tender1923VF$325
FR 40 $1
44$2Legal Tender1875PMG 35$1300
FR 44 $2

This is one of only 108 examples recorded in the Track and Price census. A lovely early issue deuce with […]

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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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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 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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112$10Legal Tender1880PMG 25 $1195
FR 112 $10

Evenly circulated ‘Jackass’ note. This $10 1880 bears Bruce/Roberts signatures and is 1 of only 77 examples recorded in the […]

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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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123$10Legal Tender1923VF (closed tears)$3875
FR 123 $10

A vividly inked Poker Chip note with bold red seals and serial numbers and deep green reverse.  Bright paper and […]

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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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