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 (ink)$1150
FR 16C $1

A pleasing VF with broad margins all around.  Bright overall paper with vivid colors.  Please note there is a ink […]

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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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20$1Legal Tender1875PMG 64 Pinholes$1895
FR 20 $1

A well centered example with vivid inks and bright paper. Lovely blue end paper on reverse. PMG notes pinholes (albeit […]

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26$1Legal Tender1875VF$465
FR 26 $1

Another affordable early issue Legal bearing Allison-Wyman signatures and floral embellishment.  Three pleasing margins and tight top margin.

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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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27$1Legal Tender1878Fine$325
FR 27 $1

A well centered 1878 Legal with  floral embellishment and bearing  Allison/Gilfillan signature combination.  Decent colors on front and back.

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28$1Legal Tender1880Fine$335
FR 28 $1

An intact and problem free Fine with large brown seal and deep red numbers. Nicely centered on front and back.

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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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31$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$1350
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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31$1Legal Tender1880PMG 35EPQ*$1575
FR 31 $1

One of only 180 pieces recorded in the Track and Price census, this gorgeous, evenly circulated example has earned both […]

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35$1Legal Tender1880PMG 64EPQ$1650
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 Tender1917PMG 63EPQ$465
FR 36 $1

A lovely 1917 Legal with margins all around and bright paper.  Deep red seal and serial numbers and vivid green […]

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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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37$1Legal Tender1917PMG 45EPQ$275
FR 37 $1

Another beautiful Choice XF $1 1917 with cherry red seal and numbers and bold green reverse and the second of […]

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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 Tender1917XF$275
FR 39 $1

A very bright and nicely centered example with cherry red seal and serial numbers.  A typical three-fold XF.

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39$1Legal Tender1917PMG 64EPQ$565
FR 39 $1

A very bright Choice CU 64 with vivid red seal and serial numbers and bright background.  Margins all around.  Exceptional […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH VF$300
FR 40 $1

A evenly circulated  Red Seal with vivid inks on front and back.  Pleasing margins all around.

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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 Tender1923CH VF$325
FR 40 $1

A pleasing $1 Legal with cherry red seals and numbers and balanced margins all around.  Evenly circulated and problem free.

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40$2Legal Tender1923XF$365
FR 40 $2

A broadly margined Red Seal with bold inks on front and back.

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43$2Legal Tender1874VF$595
FR 43 $2

A decent Very Fine that has retained its vivid red overprints and blue end paper on reverse.  One of 166 […]

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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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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 Tender1917VF$235
FR 60 $2

A pleasing example with nice colors and margins all around.

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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 64EPQ & GE$1950
FR 73 $5

One of only 259 examples recorded on this desirable 1880 Woodchopper bearing Bruce/Wyman signatures and large red seal.  Margins all […]

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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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