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Value of 1878 $20 Silver Certificates

Year: 1878
Type: Silver Certificate
Denomination: Twenty Dollar Bill


Description: Twenty dollar silver certificates from 1878 are very rare and are seldom encountered in the market. 1878 is the first year the United States printed $20 silver certificates. This bill looks almost identical to the later dated 1880 $20 silver certificate; we wrote a price guide you can see if you want more information. Regardless of condition, all 1878 $20 silver certificates are rare and valuable. We would love to see what you have, please contact us by email or phone today.

The 1878 $20 silver certificates have Stephen Decatur on the right-hand side of the bill. As seen below, these bills have blue serial number ink and a red seal at the center of the note. The back of all 1878 twenty dollar silver certificates have the word silver printed in large bold letters. These bills often come with the nickname black backs due to the unusual amount of black ink printed on the back.

1878 $20 Silver Certificate Value

1878 $20 Silver Certificate Value


Value: The value of 1878 twenty dollar silver certificates is based upon condition. There are five different signature combination varieties, all of which are rare. These bills are often worth over $10,000. If you need help determining what type of silver certificate you have, we would be glad to help you today.

It is rare for these twenty dollar silver certificates to become available in the market. If you are fortunate to own a piece of history like this, we want to hear about it and help you with your decision about this bill. If you want to talk to us about it, or are interested in selling the bill, please contact us today.




We purchase $20 silver certificates from 1878. Send us a photo to and we will respond within 24 hours with any information we can provide along with our best offer!


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Marc Michaelsen
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