Paper Money Price Guide

US Paper Currency Pricing Information and Banknote Price Guide

This guide will cover pricing specific to small size US paper currency. This pricing can vary in real time, therefore the following price guide outlines values that are based upon averages of sales seen in various markets. Small size notes will have a letter after the date annotated on the bill if the design of the note was changed or the signatures changed. As you may know, when a banknote is damaged during the production process, these notes are replaced. Replacement sheet notes are identified by a “*” symbol at the end of the serial number. There are also Red Seal bills and Blue Seal “Silver Certificate” banknotes as well, along with 1934 notes with yellow or brown seals. These banknotes are World War II emergency money, issued in Hawaii or North Africa.

Banknote Grade Information: Average circulated notes grade between Very Fine (VF) and Extremely Fine (EF). These notes contain aspects such as limited folds, semi crisp to crisp surface, no tears, and no water damage or environmental damage.  Notes of lower quality (Fair to Fine) bring lower prices of course, as their condition generally plays a large role in the overall appraisal.  “Unc or UNC” banknotes – uncirculated or also called Crisp Uncirculated (CU) are notes in new condition with no wear, no fold marks, and have SHARP corners. Lastly, a “Gem” note contains all of the aforementioned aspects, but also has deep or hard impressed colors that are shiny in a matter of display. These bills can command a high premium over their face value in auction and are highly sought after.

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