The 1957 one dollar silver certificate is common so it's not worth much money. Billions of them were printed and you can even find some in circulation today. They have a similiar look to the 1935 one dollar silver certificate bills. There is nothing really noteworthy or special about these blue seal notes, and they resemble the modern one dollar bills.

There are three different series: 1957, 1957A, and 1957B. Each series is equally common as there are no rare varieties.

1957 One Dollar Silver Certificate


Denomination: $1.00 U.S. Dollar
Series: Three: 1957, 1957A, 1957B
Type: Silver Certificate
Portrait: George Washington
Seal Color: Blue


As mentioned, these bills aren't worth much. The 1957 $1 silver certificates are worth around $3.75 in very fine condition. In uncirculated condition the price is around $12-12.50 for bills with an MS 63 grade.

Star Notes

Star notes are replacement bills that the United States Federal Reserve printed. These star notes are more rare and thus more valuable. You can tell if you have a star note by looking to see if there is a star symbol at the beginning of the serial number.

The 1957 $1 silver certificate star notes are worth around $4.50 in very fine condition. In uncirculated condition the price is around $17-17.50 for notes with an MS 63 grade.

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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.

History of One Dollar Silver Certificates

One dollar silver certificates were printed from 1886 to 1957. The US government issued silver certificates as a response to criticism of the Fourth Coinage Act, which placed the US on the gold standard. There were many different one-dollar series issued. There are different sizes and some are more rare than others. The older, large-note series are generally much more valuable. Click here to learn more about each of the different series.

Silver certificates were redeemable for real silver back in the day. Today you can no longer redeem them for silver but they are still legal tender so you can spend them for their face value. However most bills in lightly circulated condition will be worth more as collectible items.


This isn't the most valuable bill, but it's an intersting bill that is a part of America's history. If you have one in uncirculated conditon then it will be worth much more than its face value.



A Guide Book of United States Paper Money