The year 1953 was the last year that the US printed the five dollar silver certificates. Most of these silver certificates are relatively common and there is nothing special about the design. These bills were printed in three different years, so there were three different series: 1953, 1953A, and 1953B. Each series is equally as common. In addition there are star notes for each variety and only the 1953B star note is rare. Read below to learn more information about these bills and what the current values are.

1953 Five Dollar Silver Certificate

Specifications

Denomination: $5.00 U.S. Dollar
Year: 1953
Type: Silver Certificate
Portrait: Abraham Lincoln

How Much Is Your Bill Worth?

These bills just aren't as old as some of the other five dollar silver certificates. Most of them sell for around $12 each in very fine condition. In uncirculated condition the price is around $27.50 for bills with an MS 63 grade. The earlier 1934 five dollar silver certificates have a similar price range.

If your bill is a star note then it will be worth a little more money. Star notes are simply notes with a star before the serial number. If you have a 1953B star note then it can be quite valuable. Keep reading to learn more about star notes.

Star Notes

1953 Five Dollar Silver Certificate Star Note

Each different series has a star note version. The common star note series are the 1953 and 1953A star notes. Bills from these series each sell for around $30-35 in very fine condition. In uncirculated condition the price is around $95 for bills with an MS 63 grade.

The only rare star note is the 1953B five dollar silver certificate star note. Over three million of these bills were printed, but somehow fewer than 400,000 went into circulation. In very fine condition the value is around $1,500.

Grading System

Very fine- A note that has been in circulation but not for a long time. The note is still relatively crisp. There may be some creases, folds, or light smudges.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- A note that shows no signs of ever having been in circulation. The note still has its original crispness. The note is also well-centered.

Conclusion

These notes are relatively old, but they just aren't very valuable because the design is plain and many of them were printed. But if you're lucky enough to have a 1953B star note, then your note could be worth a lot of money.

 

Sources:

The Red Book