Most 1981 one hundred dollar bills aren't very valuable. However star notes can sell for more money. Continue reading to learn more about these bills.

1981 Series 100 Dollar Bill

1981 Series 100 Dollar Bill Reverse

Specifications

Denomination: $100.00 USD
Type: Federal Reserve Note
Portrait: Benjamin Franklin
Series: Two: 1981, 1981A

Value

The standard bills in circulated condition won't be worth more than their face value of $100. They will only sell for a premium in uncirculated condition. Star notes can sell for higher prices.

Both the 1981 and 1981A series $100 bills are worth around $150-175 in uncirculated condition with a grade of MS 63.

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 $100 star notes are worth around $850 in extremely fine condition. In uncirculated condition the value is around $1,500 for notes with an MS 63 grade.

The 1981A series $100 star notes are worth around $400 in extremely fine condition. In uncirculated condition the value is around $875 for notes with an MS 63 grade.

Note: Valuable bills should be placed inside currency holders.

Grading System

Extremely fine- A note that shows small signs of having been in circulation. The note will be bright and it will have almost all of its original crispness. There might be one or two minor creases or folds but there are no stains, discolorations, or tears.

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:

The Red Book


See also:

1985 100 Dollar Bill
1977 100 Dollar Bill
1974 100 Dollar Bill