The 1899 one dollar certificates are collectible, but they aren't very valuable. Although these notes are old, they are still fairly common because a lot of them were printed over a two decade span. It's the most common large note after the 1923 one dollar silver certificate note.

Most coin shops who deal with currency will have at least a few on hand. This is good if you are looking to buy, but not if you are looking to sell.

The design of this bill is unlike any bill ever produced. Instead of having a portrait in the center of the bill, it has a picture of a black eagle. So that's why it's called the "black eagle note". Underneath the eagle you can see small portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. This is the only bill to have portraits of two different presidents.

1899 One Dollar Silver Certificate

1899 One Dollar Silver Certificate Back


Denomination: $1.00 U.S. Dollar
Series: 1899
Type: Silver Certificate
Note Size: Large
Portrait: Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant
Varieties: 13

How Much Is Your Bill Worth?

Like most currency notes, the value is mainly going to depend on condition. A regular note in lightly circulated condition sells for around $150. In uncirculated condition it can go for around $300.

The values are subject to change based on market demand. The 1899 one dollar silver certificate fluctuates in value more than some of the other notes. For example the value of the 1928 one dollar silver certificate bill is more stable.

Signature Combinations

Signature combinations can play a factor with regards to value. For this note there are 11 different signature combinations, but only two of them are rare.

The most valuable combination is the 229a black eagle signed by Vernon and McClung. A signature with these two men with the date 1899 is going to be much more valuable than any other signature combination.

Another rare combination is called the 231 black eagle and it was signed by Napier and Thompson.

Additional Factors That Can Increase the Value

Since many of these bills were produced, there are different serial number combinations available. These combinations include block serial numbers and low serial numbers. For this particular note a lot of low serial numbers have been saved. A bill with a unique serial number is going to be worth more money.

This series also has star notes, which are slightly more rare. These are simply notes that have a star at the beginning or end of the serial number.

Lastly there are also several "courtesy autographs" out there. A courtesy autograph is a note signed by the same treasury official whose name appears on the note. It's difficult to determine the value of a courtesy autograph note because they are rare, and the autographs need to be authenticated.


This 1899 note is a nice bill to own and it can be quite valuable depending on condition and the signature combination. If you have one of these bills then we recommend placing it into a large-size currency holder. This currency holder will keep the bill safe and secure.