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$50 First Charter National Bank Notes

Fifty Dollar Original Series National Bank Note Value

Original Series $50 National Bank Note

The first fifty dollar national bank notes issued were called first charter notes. Only about 100 of these are known to exist. Depending on the year printed, they will either have a spiked red seal (pictured above) or a rounded red seal. There are other small differences that can determine the price one will sell for, but the main factor will always be the condition, bank, type, and serial number.

Depiction: At the left, Washington crossing the Delaware. At the right, Washington at Prayer.

Value: A poor condition $50 first charter national bank note will bring about $8,500. Depending on the bank, a better condition note will bring about $15,000. Sometimes the value of these bills can be over $30,000 if its a good bank and great condition.

 

$50 National Gold Bank Notes

Picture of Fifty Dollar Gold National Bank Note

This fifty dollar national gold bank note is unique and special because they were only issued for banks in California. There are only 7 known to exist. It is very unusual to find high-grade condition gold bank notes. The actual paper itself on these tend to be a bit more, well, gold in color compared to other issues. At the top, you will read “Redeemable in Gold Coin” which also makes this national unique. After the gold boom in California, these notes were circulated heavily among the people. Notes backed by gold were always preferred over other non-metal backed currencies. This is another one of my favorite types to collect simply because you could redeem them in gold coins, which most collectors find really cool. Most collectors like the design on the back of the bill, which is littered in gold coins.

Depiction: At the left, Washington crossing the Delaware. At the right, Washington at Prayer.

Value: There notes will almost always bring over $100,000. Please contact us so we can help determine it’s exact value.

 

$50 1882  Brown Back National Bank Notes

Picture of Fifty Dollar 1882 Brown Back Territorial National Bank Note

Fifty Dollar 1882 Brown Back Territorial National Bank Note Value

1882 $50 brown back national bank notes are some of my favorite and one of the most popular among collectors. These fifty dollar brown backs have a very similar look to the first charter notes above. High denomination nationals were typically only printed by larger banks that were located in bigger cities. All of these $50 bills will have a round brown seal with a brown charter number. The serial numbers will always be a bright red color. Prices for brown back nationals will depend on condition, bank, and serial number.

Depiction: At the left, Washington crossing the Delaware. At the right, Washington at Prayer.

Value: Poor condition $50 brown back nationals are worth $2,400. Decent condition bills from a decent bank can bring $5,550. Great condition nationals from a rare bank can bring over $12,100.

 

$50 1882 Blue Seal Date Back National Bank Notes

Picture of Fifty Dollar 1882 Blue Seal Date Back National Bank Note

Fifty Dollar 1882 Blue Seal Date Back National Bank Note

1882 $50 blue seal date back national bank notes are one of the least commonly collected $50 nationals. Less than 200 are known to exist. Keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t be valuable. As you can see from the picture we provided above, the back of the bill has “1882 – 1908” engraved at the center. Hence their name “date back” national bank notes.

Depiction: At the left, Washington crossing the Delaware. At the right, Washington at Prayer.

Value: Poor condition $50 blue seal 1882 date back nationals are worth $1,000. Decent condition bills from a decent bank can bring $1,500 Great condition nationals from a rare bank can bring over $2,700.

 

$50 1882 Blue Seal Value Back National Bank Notes

Picture of Fifty Dollar 1882 Blue Seal Value Back National Bank Note

Fifty Dollar 1882 Blue Seal Value Back National Bank Note

The series of 1882 value back nationals look similar to the date back nationals in many aspects. As you can see from the image above, these $50 bills have “Fifty Dollars” and they are called value backs. These value back nationals are the second rarest $50 national bill. Only 8 are known to exist. Fifty dollar value backs were only printed by two banks, one in Dayton, Ohio and another (as seen above) in New Orleans. If you have any bank note and you need help determining its value send me a picture I would be glad to help.

Depiction: At the left, Washington crossing the Delaware. At the right, Washington at Prayer.

Value: Poor condition $50 blue seal 1882 value back nationals are very rare and will be worth at least $20,000. Contact us with an image so we can help determine an exact value.

 

$50 1902 Red Seal National Bank Notes

Picture of Fifty Dollar 1902 Red Seal National Bank Note Value

1902 $50 Red Seal National Bank Note

There are only about 100 red seal series of 1902 $50 dollar bill national bank notes known to exist. Fifty dollar red seal national bank notes are some of the most attractive and collectible bills in the hobby. The $50 above is from Baltimore, Maryland. Interestingly enough red seal fifty dollar nationals typically come from smaller banks that have interesting names. Crazy or outlandish bank names sometimes result in a higher premium in the market. Condition, bank name, scarcity and serial number are all factors to consider when trying to sell your national bank note.

Depiction: Portrait of John Sherman, Secretary of the Treasury from 1877 – 1881 and Secretary of State from 1897 – 1898.

Value: Poor condition $50 red seal 1902 nationals are worth $3,000. Decent condition bills from a decent bank can bring $25,000. Great condition red seal nationals from a rare bank can bring over $50,000.

 

$50 1902 Blue Seal National Bank Notes

Picture of Fifty Dollar 1902 Blue Seal National Bank Note

1902 $50 Blue Seal National Bank Note

1902 red seal nationals were printed, then came 1902 blue seal national bank notes. Blue seal $50 nationals can often times be rarer than any other type, it depends on multiple factors. I’ve purchased plenty of ten-figure $50 nationals during my years of collecting and dealing with paper money. Blue seal national 50’s are the most common type of fifty dollar national bank note. The bill pictured above is from Brookville with the charter number 3051. This charter number isn’t particularly rare, but the bill above is in extremely fine or better condition.

Depiction: Portrait of John Sherman, Secretary of the Treasury from 1877 – 1881 and Secretary of State from 1897 – 1898.

Value: Poor condition $50 blue seal 1902 nationals are worth $250. Decent condition bills from a decent bank can bring $850. Great condition blue seal nationals from a rare bank can bring over $10,000.

 

$50 1929 Small Size National Bank Notes

Picture of Fifty Dollar 1929 Small Size National Bank Note Value

Fifty Dollar 1929 Small Size National Bank Note Value

Small size fifty dollar national bank notes are pretty common. This is because of the sheer number which was printed by thousands of national banks. There are some rare types that can be worth some money, especially a serial number 1 high denomination like this.

Depiction: Portrait of Ulysses Grant, 18th President of the United States, was an American soldier and politician. Grant played a central role in winning the American civil war.

Value: Poor condition $50 brown seal small size nationals are worth $70. Decent condition bills from a decent bank can bring $120. Great condition brown seal small size nationals from a rare bank can bring over $500.

 

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