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
19$1Legal Tender1874PCGS 64 $3950
FR 19 $1

A beautiful Choice CU note with striking red seal and numbers and floral embellishment on front and lovely green reverse. […]

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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 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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29$1Legal Tender1880PMG 63EPQ$1750
FR 29 $1

A lovely CH CU Legal with bold large brown seal and bright paper. Margins all around on this well embossed […]

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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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30$1Legal Tender1880PMG 55 (closed pinhole)$1075
FR 30 $1

This boldly inked note displays large chocolate brown seal, deep red serial numbers and forest green reverse. Pleasing margins on […]

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35$1Legal Tender1880PMG 64EPQ$1450
FR 35 $1

Another lovely Legal, this bright and nicely centered example is sure to please. Pleasing colors on front and back as […]

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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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36$1Legal Tender1917CH CU $485
FR 36 $1

A lovely Choice CU with cherry red seal and numbers and bright paper.  Nicely centered on front and back.

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH AU $325
FR 39 $1

A bright and  problem free Choice AU example with pleasing inks on front and back, as well as margins all […]

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39$1Legal Tender1917PMG 66EPQ$875
FR 39 $1

One of two consecutive gorgeous examples with pleasing margins, bright paper, bold inks on front and back as well as […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923PMG 65EPQ$1650
FR 40 $1

This beautifully inked Red Seal boasts broad margins, bright paper, punch thru embossing and serial number A5665B. A gorgeous note.

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40$1Legal Tender1923VF$335
FR 40 $1

An evenly circulated and problem free Legal Tender with margins all around and vivid red seals and serial numbers.

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50$2Legal Tender1880PMG 25 $595
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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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 Tender1917CH CU $685
FR 60 $2

This vividly inked Choice CU Jefferson Deuce is very bright with cherry red seal and serial numbers and displays an […]

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60$2Legal Tender1917CH CU $465
FR 60 $2

Bright and vividly inked  Jefferson with three pleasing margins, top is cut along engraving line.

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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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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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79$5Legal Tender1880VF$410
FR 79 $5

There are 130 examples recorded on this 1880 issue Woodchopper with cherry red seal and bold blue serial numbers.  Well […]

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87$5Legal Tender1907PMG 66EPQ$2750
FR 87 $5

A gorgeous Woodchopper with vivid red seals and numbers and forest green reverse. This Gem CU example boasts broad margins […]

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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 Tender1907PMG 64EPQ$1175
FR 91 $5

A vividly inked Woodchopper with deep red seals and serial numbers and bright background.  Lovely green reverse with deep embossing […]

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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 Tender1901PCGS 30$2375
FR 114 $10

A desirable and well centered Bison with pleasing colors on front and back.  Lyons/Roberts signatures.

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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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