Most 1981 one dollar bills are not rare or valuable. Therefore most of these bills will not be worth much more than face value. However there are star note varieties which are more valuable than the standard notes. Continue reading to learn more about these bills.

1981 One Dollar Bill

1981 One Dollar Bill Reverse

Specifications

Denomination: $1.00 USD
Type: Federal Reserve Note
Seal Varieties: One: Green
Series: Two: 1981, 1981A

Value

Most of these bills in circulated condition will only be worth their face value of $1. The standard bills that are in uncirculated condition can sell for a premium. Star notes will also sell for a premium.

Both the 1981 series $1 bills and the 1981A series $1 bills are worth around $4.50 in uncirculated condition 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 end of the serial number.

The 1981 series $1 star notes are worth around $5 in very fine condition. In uncirculated condition most notes with an MS 63 grade will sell for around $12. Star notes issued from the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City and Philadelphia will be worth more money.

The 1981A series $1 star notes are worth around $5 in very fine condition. In uncirculated condition the price is around $17.50 for notes with an MS 63 grade. Star notes issued from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are worth around $475 in very fine condition and $1,000 in uncirculated condition with a grade of MS 63.

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.

 

Sources:

A Guide Book of United States Paper Money


See also:

1985 One Dollar Bill
1977 One Dollar Bill
1974 One Dollar Bill