Silver Certificates – Information, Values, & Sales
Silver Certificate Values
Most silver certificates people come to us with are $1 1957 silvers, which are worth about $1.50 per note. However, silver certificates were issued by the United States as early as 1878. These notes can bring a large premium and are worth getting evaluated by a paper money expert.
Click the denominations below for more information regarding a specific denomination. Below that is a short summary of silver certificates, their dates, values, and history. Further down I made a chart with every silver certificates known by date, starting from earliest to latest. You can click on each one to find more information and values.
I will quickly discuss values of silver certificates by date to make sure you’re aware of what you have and if there’s any intrinsic value. We’ll start with the most common dates, 1957 and 1935. Both dates are very common and won’t bring much over their face value. $2 to $5 if you find the right buyer. This also includes any combination of letters, for example, 1957B or 1935F. I’ve been able to purchase hundreds at a time from coin shops and coin shows at just over their face value. These are simply not rare enough to have a serious collector base. The small amount of money they do bring is a result of their seals and serial numbers being blue.
Again, same goes for the $5 denomination 1934 and 1953. I sell these for about $7 in circulated condition. There are some star notes which bring a higher premium over the regularly issued notes. For the most part, even the star notes are considered common and won’t bring too much value.
Finally, the $10 silver certificate small size bill is the last of the three small sizes to be printed. There are no $20, $50, $100, etc. silver certificates. Again, the $10 silver certificate does not hold much value outside a rare dated 1933 $10 silver certificate. This date is extremely scarce and can bring a heavy premium. If you have a 1933 $10 silver certificate, contact us if you’re looking to get it appraised Info@RareMoneyValues.com. Besides the 1933, if you have a low serial number bill, it may bring a higher premium, but most of the time not more than $100.
Moving into large size silver certificates is where the value really starts to spike depending on condition and scarcity. Large size silver certificates were first printed in 1878. You can assume, for the most, part that any bill from 1878 or 1880 be scarce. After these, the 1886 series were issued. These are more common than earlier dates, but you still don’t see them as often.
1891, 1896, and 1899 silver certificates were printed in the masses. There are large amounts of these which were put into circulation. For example the 1899 silver certificates, aka “Black Eagle”, is very common and in lower to mid grade will bring $40 to $80. That doesn’t mean there are instances where they’re worth a lot more. Please contact us if you think you have something of interest. 1891 notes have the same appearance as earlier issues. The 1896 and 1899 are however very distinctive in their appearance. The 1896 series is most famously known as the educational series. This series is highly popular among collectors and dealers. The $1 1896 in low to mid grade can bring $60 to over $100 depending on condition and signature combinations. The $2 and $5 1896 silver certificates can bring a much higher premium over the $1 due to their scarcity.
Surprisingly enough, during the 20th century the United States issued two silver certificate designs, 1908 and 1923. The 1908 is a relatively tough note to come by and only issued the $10 denomination. The $1 1923 is very common and on average worth about $15. The $5 1923 can be a tougher find and usually worth at least a few hundred dollars.
If you’re looking to sell your old paper money silver certificates, or have any questions about your collection of notes and would like some help, I am always here to help. We are interested in your old banknotes. Info@RareMoneyValues.com