After the end of the American Revolutionary War, the U.S. government struck coinage, but did not issue any official paper currency for circulation. This made everyday commerce difficult, as large transactions would be very cumbersome if completed solely with coins. Accordingly, private banks and institutions began to issue banknotes to ease commerce.
These notes are referred to as "Obsolete Currency" because they ceased circulating during the Civil War. Between 1810 and 1865, countless banks, railroads, states, canal companies and private merchants issued currency in many different denominations. Some are very colorful and all are historic: odd denominations include 2 cent, $1.50, $3, $4, etc.
During the Civil War, the various Confederate States issued their own banknotes to circulate alongside Confederate currency. Obsolete currency is some of the most attractive and historically interesting currency produced in this nation. Add some to your collection!
The Farmers Bank Of Bucks County Hulme Ville, Pennsylvania 4 note uncut sheet. Crisp paper white bright silk fibers.
The Farmers Bank Of Bucks County Hulme Ville, Pennsylvania 3 note uncut sheet. Crisp paper white bright silk fibers.
Susquehanna Bank, Port Deposit, Maryland 4 note uncut sheet. Nice crisp onion skin paper with multiple vignettes.
Darlington, MD. Uncut sheet of 6 notes. Remainders from T.W.& B. Silver, Jr. The issuers were proprietors of a general store. Values include 5c/6 1/4c/10c/12 1/2c/25c/50c.
Bold color and great paper quality on this scarce Commonwealth Bank Philadelphia, American Bank Note Company proof.
Bold color and great paper quality on this scarce 4 note uncut sheet, Commonwealth Bank Philadelphia, American Bank Note Company Proofs.
A crisp scarce uncut sheet of 4 notes. Well centered with bright overprint.
Citizens Bank of Louisiana, New Orleans., Vignette of Liberty with shield and coins. French text, blue back. Uncut sheet of 4.
1850's $50 Canal Bank New Orleans Canal and Banking Company. 4 note uncut sheet. Vignette of maid at docks.
Uncut sheet of 4., Citizens Bank of Louisiana at Shreveport. Gorgeous green & black colors with orange back. Vignette of Maid at well pouring water. A much tougher issue. Upper left corner missing, out side the margins.
Central Bank Of Pennsylvania, Hollidaysburg. Coal mining scene center Daniel Webster right. Red tints and nice dark signatures. A couple tiny pin holes.
The City Bank Of New Haven, Connecticut, 4 note uncut sheet. Bright red overprinted reverses.
City Bank Of New Haven, Connecticut 4 note uncut sheet. Crisp with bright red overprint.
Tougher high denomination with 9 coupons still attached. Great paper body and nice color.
Benjamin Robinson. Stanardsville. Green County. Bold original pen signature of Benjamin Robinson.
Virginia Treasury Note. State Auditor Bennett center. Gladiator right. Green tints. Signed by Bennett!
A very scarce Civil War Era issue 12 note uncut sheet from the Somerset County Bank, New Jersey.
State of Georgia.Milledgeville. Serpent around state seal. Governor Brown. Red overprint. Nice.