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US banknotes refer to dollar bills or the legal tender currency in the United States. Printed in the US Treasury, its base denominations include $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

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What is the value of a 1950 US 10 dollar bill?

There were 5 different varieties of $10 bill with that date. All are green-seal Federal Reserve Notes.

Approximate retail prices for circulated bills would be

No letter by the date or A, B, C, D : $12 to $15 depending on how worn it is

1950-E : $15 to $20

In God We Trust

That motto wasn't added to US bills until the late 1950s and early 1960s, so it's perfectly normal for it to be missing from 1950-series bills.

Serial Numbers

A bill's serial number is a counter and a security feature. In most cases it doesn't affect a bill's value or help to identify it.

DISCLAIMER: The values quoted are market averages as of the date shown, but may be different for an individual bill due to variations in quality and other factors. Also the wholesale (buying) price of a bill will be less than the selling (retail) price. A reputable currency dealer will be able to give a more accurate valuation based on an in-person inspection.

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What is the value of a 1935 US 1 dollar silver certificate?

Most 1935 $1 silver certificates are worth anywhere from $1.50 to $3.00, but to have a more specific value you need to know whether it has a series letter. That's a tiny letter that appears next to the date. It could be blank, or A through H.

Most bills do NOT have the motto In God We Trust on the back, but some G-series and all H-series bills DO have the motto which also affects the value. Finally, the bill may be overprinted with the words HAWAII or NORTH AFRICA due to use as military currency during WW2, which further affects its value. (Yeah, it gets complicated)

Approximate retail prices as of 03/2015:

No letter - $4-$7 circulated / $18 uncirculated.

A - $2-$3 / $18

A Hawaii - $10-$40 / $135

A North Africa - $10-$20 / $200

B - $2.25-$3 / $13

C, D - $2.25-$3 / $13

E, F, H - $1.50 / $7

G without In God We Trust on the back - $2.25-$3 / $7

G with In God We Trust - $4-$6 / $18

FAQ's

Blue Ink

Silver certificates printed from 1928 to 1957 typically had blue seals and serial numbers. Other colors were used on some very old bills and on bills printed for use in threatened regions during WWII.

In God We Trust

The motto wasn't added to the bills until the middle of the G series (see above) so an older bill without it is normal and not an error

Serial numbers

When posting questions about currency it's not necessary to copy out serial numbers or plate numbers. These items rarely affect a bill's value or help to ID it.

"Paper silver dollar", etc

These bills were used for nearly a hundred years but never had any nicknames. They were always just called silver certificates.

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What is the value of a US 1 dollar silver certificate?

The denomination alone is not enough to provide a specific answer because $1 silver certificates were printed from the 1886 series to the 1957 series. You need to know the bill's date, condition, seal color, and whether there is a letter after the date. You don't need to copy out the serial number, though.

$1 silver certificates from 1957 are the most common and are only worth about $1.50 to $2.00 in circulated condition, but older ones are sometimes worth more.

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Serial Numbers

It's normally not necessary to provide a bill's serial number. Serial numbers are counters and a security feature but rarely affect a bill's value. Some collectors will pay extra for numbers with a special pattern, e.g. 12345678, or low numbers such as 00000015.

Answer$1 silver certificates were printed from the 1866 series to the 1957 series. You need to know the bill's date, condition, seal color, and whether there is a letter after the date.

$1 silver certificates from 1957 are the most common and are only worth about $1.25 to $1.50 in circulated condition, but older ones are sometimes worth more. Please check a site such as the one linked below for a rough idea of values.

Serial NumbersIt's normally not necessary to provide a bill's serial number. Serial numbers are counters and a security feature but rarely affect a bill's value. Some collectors will pay extra for numbers with a special pattern, e.g. 12345678, or low numbers such as 00000015.
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What is the value of a 1953 US 2 dollar silver certificate?

Please don't assume that all old bills are silver certificates. Your bill is a United States Note, as indicated by those same words across the top front of the design. The last $2 silver certificates were printed as part of an 1899 series.

Its value depends on the letter next to the date.

No letter : about $2.50

"A" : $2.50 - $5.00

"B" : $2.75 - $5.50

"C" : $3.50 - $6.50

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What is the value of a 1963 US 5 dollar bill with a red seal?

Despite its age, 1963 $5 US Notes aren't considered rare. As of 10/2010 auction prices are in the range of face value to $7 for a bill in circulated condition. A nice uncirculated one can bring $15 to $18, though.

The bill's red ink indicates that it's a United States Note, a form of currency that was issued from 1862 to 1966. They served the same purpose as Federal Reserve Notes, so the Treasury opted to consolidate all paper money under the Federal Reserve as a cost-saving move.

The 1963 $5 United States Note (red seal) is worth $18-$20 in mint uncirculated condition and $5-$8 in fine quality. A normal, wrinkled, used note is worth exactly $5 in any store.

Despite the bill's age and (by modern standards) unusual ink color, circulated ones aren't considered scarce. They might retail for $7-8 in average condition.

If your bill is crisp and uncirculated it might retail for $15-18.

Why red printing?

The use of red ink indicates the bill is a United States Note, a type of currency issued up till 1966. US Notes were essentially identical to Federal Reserve Notes in terms of design, printing, distribution, and financial backing from the Treasury. Rather than continue to print two separate types of bills the Treasury decided that it would be more cost-effective to suspend printing of US Notes, and all bills are now green-seal Federal Reserve Notes.

Serial numbers

It's normally not necessary to provide a bill's serial number. Serial numbers are counters and a security feature but rarely affect a bill's value. Some collectors will pay extra for numbers with a special pattern, e.g. 12345678, or low numbers such as 00000015.

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Can you see a 500000000 federal reserve bond 1934 series?

No, you cannot. No such bond has ever been issued. Anything you do find with that denomination is either a fake or a novelty item.

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What is the value of a 1957 B US 1 dollar silver certificate?

1957 B $1 silver certificates are common among collectors and sell for about $1.25- $1.50 in circulated condition. A nice uncirculated one might bring $3.

Why Blue Ink?

Starting in the 1920s standard seal colors were used to identify different types of bills:

  • Green: Federal Reserve Notes
  • Blue: Silver certificates
  • Red: United States Notes
  • Gold: Gold certificates

Gold certificates were discontinued in 1933, production of silver certificates ended in 1965, and US Notes were phased out in favor of Federal Reserve Notes as a cost-saving measure. Today all bills are produced with green seals and serial numbers.

Serial Numbers

You don't generally have to copy the serial number because it doesn't really help to ID a bill and rarely affects its value. The date, series letter, and seal color are usually what matter. There are some collectors who specialize in unusual or low serial numbers, e.g. 12345678 or 00000004 so it's worth looking out for similar bills.

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What is the value of a 1957 US silver certificate?

Normally it would be necessary to ask for a denomination, but 1957-series silver certificates were only printed as $1 bills.

Current auction prices range from face value for a very worn bill to about $2 for a circulated bill with almost no wear. Uncirculated ones are quoted at around $3.

FAQs

Blue Ink: Seal and serial-number colors were standardized in 1928. Starting with that year all silver certificates used blue ink.

Serial numbers: Serial numbers rarely help to ID a bill or affect its value. They're counters and an anti-counterfeiting feature.

Redemption: At one time silver certificates could be redeemed for a dollar's worth of silver, but that practice was suspended back in 1968.

Withdrawal: Silver certificates have never been formally withdrawn, but the last ones were printed in the early 1960s (despite the 1957 date) so it's almost impossible to find one in circulation today.

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What is the value of a 1957 US 1 dollar silver certificate?

1957-series $1 silver certificates are common among collectors. As of 03/2010 auction values are $1.25 to $1.50 for a bill that's been in circulation.

If it's crisp and uncirculated, it might sell for around $2 if there's no letter next to the date, or $3 if there's an A or B.

Serial Numbers

A bill's serial number is just a counter so including it in a question generally doesn't help to identify it or affect its value. There are collectors who will pay a premium for bills with low or patterned serial numbers; e.g.12345678 or 00000005.

Terminology

Banknote collectors almost invariably refer to these bills as "one dollar silver certificates". Terms like "paper silver dollars", "silver dollar bills", "silver seal bills", etc. can be misleading and confusing.

Silver Value

It's no longer possible to redeem silver certificates for silver metal. That practice was ended after the price of silver was deregulated, to prevent people from "gaming" the exchange process by trading bills for metal and vice versa as rates fluctuated.

Silver Certificates were abolished by Congress on June 4, 1963 and all redemption in silver ceased on June 24, 1968. However the bills have never been withdrawn or demonetized so they're still valid legal tender at face value.

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What is a one dollar bill worth with a star at the end of the serial number?

The star signifies that it is a replacement bill for one that was destroyed earlier. As of Oct. 2010, due to the unlimited printing of paper dollars, the value of all paper money has decreased. Let's put it this way...in 2015 it will be worth as much as toilet paper or a small bag of confetti.

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What is a three dollar 1864 confederate bond worth?

If it's legit (meaning it's confederate) then you got some money comin. All real confederate money is rare. Rare enoungh to inflate their worth 3000% sometimes.

Many imitation Confederate notes were made, and made to look old. Most will have 'Facsimile' in small print on the bottom (usually) of one side.

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What is the value of a 1935 E US 1 dollar silver certificate?

1935 E

A 1935 E silver certificate in circulated condition is worth about $2.00

A nice crisp uncirculated one is worth about $7.00

Despite the series date, the E letter indicates it was actually issued some time between January 1953 and July 1957. At that time it was the practice to change a series date only when a bill underwent a major redesign, as opposed to the current practice of changing dates when a new Treasury Secretary is appointed.

Blue Ink

Silver certificates typically had blue seals and serial numbers. Other colors were used on some very old bills and on bills printed for use in threatened regions during WWII.

In God We Trust

That motto was first added to $1 bills in 1957, so it's perfectly normal if it's not on the back of a 1935-E bill.

Serial Numbers A bill's serial number is just a counter so including it in a question generally doesn't help to identify it or affect its value. There are collectors who will pay a premium for bills with low or patterned serial numbers; e.g.12345678 or 00000005

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How many 100000 dollar bills are known to exist?

Only one is known and that is in the Smithsonian. The notes are actually illegal to own in a private collection so there are none reported in any private collection.

correction: I saw mention of ten of these being displayed in Las Vegas as $1,000,000, so I doubt the Smithsonian has the only one. As yet have found nothing firm on how many might exist.

I saw this display in Binion' Casino. They are $10,000 bills and there were 100 of them. However, when the owner died and the children took over these bills were split up.

$100,000 bills were only used for inter bank transactions. They were unavailable to the public.

THE FINAL WORD

The question is about $100,000 bills, not $10,000 or $1,000,000. According to the Treasury approximately 42,000 $100,000 gold certificates were printed in late 1934 and early 1935. Gold certificates were no longer in circulation and as noted these new bills were only used for transactions within the Federal Reserve System.

When it no longer was necessary to transfer funds in physical form, all but a tiny number of these gold certificates were destroyed. Various sources state either 1 or more likely 3 were preserved, including the one on display at the Smithsonian.

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How much is a pound of US 100 dollar bills worth?

Most U.S. currency weighs exactly one gram per note (bill). There are four hundred fifty-four grams (rounded to the nearest whole number) in one pound. Therefore, one pound of U.S. $100 bills would be worth about: $45,400!

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What is a 1935 Hawaiian dollar bill worth?

Depending on the grade; Good to Very good $17.00 Almost Uncirculated to Uncirculated $70.

MoreThe bill wasn't printed in Hawaii, though. Despite its 1935 date and the word HAWAII on it, it was printed in Washington during WWII. Special $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills were printed for use in Hawaii. They had distinctive ink colors as well as the overprint so they could be easily declared worthless if they fell into enemy hands.
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Which president is on the face of a US five dollar bill?

The 16th President, Abraham Lincoln appears on the front of the five dollar bill. Without trying to be too snarky, you could have saved yourself time and hassle by simply taking the bill and moving your eyes very carefully to the bottom of the portrait. It says "Lincoln", right there underneath his picture.

== == The Lincoln Memorial is on the back. It also has a caption identifying it.

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What is the value of a US 2 dollar bill?

It's important to know the bill's date.

Circulated, current-issue $2 bills (dates 1976 and later, with green seals) are worth $2. If they are in crisp, uncirculated condition the retail value could be double that.

Older U.S. Notes with red seals can be worth more. Some typical retail values are:

1928: $3-10 circulated / up to $50 uncirculated

1928A: $5-10 circulated / $225 uncirculated

1928B: $20-85 circulated / $700 uncirculated

1928C: $2-10 circulated / $100 uncirculated

1928D: $2-8 circulated / $30 uncirculated

1928E: $2-12 circulated / $65 uncirculated

1928F,G: $2-8 circulated / $25 uncirculated

1953, 53A,B,C: $2-3 circulated / $8 uncirculated

1963, 63A: $2-5 circulated / $4 uncirculated

1976: $2-3 circulated / $3 uncirculated

Busting the myths:

US $2 bills have NEVER been discontinued or recalled and are STILL acceptable for use anywhere any other denomination is valid. They are still being printed (latest series dated 2008) although in much smaller quantities than other denominations.

Don't hoard two dollar bills--spend them. Modern ones will always be worth two dollars and you can get as many as you wish from a bank. If they are out, they can order more.

$2 "Silver Certificates"

There were no $2 silver certificates in any of the common series. From 1928 to 1963, $2 bills were issued only as United States Notes, distinguishable by their red seals. After that they've been issued as standard green-seal Federal Reserve Notes. All US bills have their type in a banner across the top of the bill's front.

This depends on the condition of the bill. In normal used condition, they are worth exactly $2.

$2 bills dated 1976 and newer are the ones worth face value only. The $3/$4 figure is reasonable for bills dating back to the 1950s. Anything older than that, please post a new question that has the bill's specific date and whether there is a little letter next to the date.

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What is the value of a 1923 US 1 dollar silver certificate?

The value depends on the bill's condition. According to the latest Red Book Price Guide, an uncirculated Blue Seal variety, signed by H.V. Speelman & Frank White, or Walter O. Woods & White, would be valued at $125.00! Even a low grade such as VG is currently valued at $35.00.

1923 $1 US Silver Certificates are identified by their blue printing and the words SILVER CERTIFICATE at the top of the bill.

Serial Numbers

Note that a bill's serial number rarely affects its value so you don't need to copy it into a question.

In God We Trust

That motto wasn't added to $1 bills until 1957 so it won't appear on older bills.

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What is the value of a 1937 US 100 dollar bill?

The US didn't print any bills dated 1937. Please check again and post a new question.

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Is a 100 dollar bill with raised imprints of the serial number worth anything?

Face value only. Sometimes the counter mechanism is applied with extra force which creates a slightly embossed printing.

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Is half a ten dollar bill worth five dollars?

No. Torn bills can only be redeemed if at least 2/3 of the bill is intact, including one of the serial numbers. That's to prevent someone from tearing them into several pieces and getting a full new bill in return for each piece.

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What is the value of a 1935 US 1 dollar silver certificate with HAWAII on it?

As of 01/2010, a Hawaii overprint $1 bill is worth anywhere from $10. to $40. in circulated condition, and over $135 if uncirculated.

These bills were specially printed by the Treasury in Washington for use in Hawaii during WWII. The brown seal color and HAWAII overprint distinguished them from standard bills and were intended to let the government quickly declare them worthless if the islands had been captured by Japan. The fear was that if the Imperial Army captured a lot of ordinary U.S. currency they could use it to buy weapons as well as making counterfeit copies.

Serial numbersWhen posting questions about currency it's not necessary to copy out serial numbers or plate numbers. These items rarely affect a bill's value.
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What is the value of a 1935 F US 1 dollar silver certificate?

1935 F

A 1935 F silver certificate in circulated condition is worth about $2.00

A nice crisp uncirculated one is worth about $7.00

Despite its date, the "F" series letter indicates your bill was printed in the early to mid 1950s. During that time it was the practice to change a series date only when a bill underwent a major redesign, as opposed to the current practice of changing dates when a new Treasury Secretary is appointed.

Because of that, 1935 F $1 silver certificates are common among collectors.

Blue Ink

Silver certificates typically had blue seals and serial numbers. Other colors were used on some very old bills and on bills printed for use in threatened regions during WWII.

In God We Trust

That motto was first added to $1 bills in 1957, so it's perfectly normal if it's not on the back of a 1935-F bill.

Serial Numbers

A bill's serial number is just a counter so including it in a question generally doesn't help to identify it or affect its value. There are collectors who will pay a premium for bills with low or patterned serial numbers; e.g.12345678 or 00000005.

About $1.25 at retail. A dealer will pay face value.

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What is the value of a 1934 US 5 dollar silver certificate?

1934-series $5 silver certificates are identifiable by their blue seals and serial numbers, versus green-seal Federal Reserve Notes that were also issued with the same date.

Despite its age, these bills don't have a lot of extra value in circulated condition. As of August 2010 retail values are roughly:

No letter next to the date: $6 - $8 circulated, $35 uncirculated.

"A" : $6 - $8 circulated, $20 uncirculated.

"B": $8 - $12 / $45

"C": $6 - $9 / $25

"D": $6 - $8 / $18

Special 1934 and 1934 A bills printed with the words HAWAII or NORTH AFRICA for use during WWII can bring much more, however:

1934A Yellow/North Africa $20.-$60.

1934 Brown/Hawaii $25.-$80.

1934A Brown/Hawaii $25.-$90.

MoreBills that are faded, crumpled, written on, or torn will be worth far less. Common Questions:"In God We Trust" - that motto wasn't added to $5 bills until the 1960s so the fact that it's missing on an older bill is perfectly normal.

Serial Numbers - It's normally not necessary to provide a bill's serial number. Serial numbers are counters and a security feature but rarely affect a bill's value. Some collectors will pay extra for numbers with a special pattern, e.g. 12345678, or low numbers such as 00000015.

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