One dollar silver certificates are collectible items. There aren't many different design types so it's easy enough to collect them all. The larger one dollar silver certificates are generally more valuable and they were produced from 1886 to 1923. The small one dollar certificates were produced from 1928 to 1957.
Most of these certificates have star note variations. If your bill has a star either before or after the serial number then it's going to sell for a slightly higher price.
Let's now take a look at the different series and what their current values are. Click on the links below to learn more information on a particular series.
- Large Bills
- Small Bills
If you have a large silver certificate bill in good condition then it's going to have value. There is a good collector's market for these bills and you can easily find a buyer on eBay or at a coin shop.
First lady Martha Washington appeared on three different silver certificate series. The above image is the 1886 series and the 1891 series has a similar look to it. The 1891 series was only a slight redesign. The backs of both of these notes have a lot of rich detail.
Both the 1886 and 1891 one dollar silver certificates can sell for good prices. In good condition they will each sell for around $350. In uncirculated condition they can sell for over $1000.
Martha Washington also appeared on the front and back of the 1896 series note. This note is known as the "educational bill" and it's more collectible. The 1896 series design is special because it was only a one-year design. It was also the last year that a woman appeared on US paper currency.
This bill is collectible in any condition, but the condition greatly affects the price. In poor condition with no tears you can get around $100. In good condition the retail price is around $400. In excellent condition the price can reach $2000.
Another collectible note, the 1899 series is called the black eagle note. In the picture above you clearly see the black eagle in the center. Below the eagle you can see two small portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant.
The 1899 one dollar black eagle note is relatively common as a lot of them were printed. The government started printing them in 1899 and continued until 1923. But don't worry, there is still a good market for these notes. In good condition they can sell for around $150. In uncirculated condition they can sell for around $300.
The 1923 series is the most common of the large bills. 1923 was the last year that large bills were printed. They aren't very valuable because they are so common. Right now there are tens of thousands of 1923 one dollar silver certificates in existence. In good condition you can sell them for around $20 a piece. In uncirculated condition they retail for around $100.
In 1928 the US government decided to change over to small bills. They did this to make transactions faster and to reduce the cost of paper and ink.
The small silver certificates are typically not as valuable as the large ones. These small bills are the same size as any US federal reserve note that is currently in circulation.
The 1928 series were the first small certificates to be produced, and a lot of them were printed- around 640 million. They were known as 'funnybacks' because of their unique back design.
Most of the 1928 one dollar silver certificates will sell in the $10-15 range. Uncirculated 1928 series notes will sell for around $50.
The type of note plays a large role in its value. There were six different types: 1928, 1928A, 1928B, 1928C, 1928D, and 1928E. The common series are the 1928, 1928A, and 1928B varieties. The rare series are the C, D, and E varieties. These rare varieties can sell for high premiums in uncirculated condition.
The 1934 series are also called funnybacks, because of their back design. Many 1934 one dollar silver certificates were printed and there are no variations.
This bill is unique because it's the only series to ever have a large blue number one on the left side of the bill.
You can buy or sell them for around $20. Uncirculated 1934 notes retail for around $100.
The 1935 series is common and not very collectible. Most of these 1935 one dollar silver certificates are only worth around $1.50, and they retail for around $7 in uncirculated condition.
There were a few different types issued and the 1935A red R and red S experimental notes are worth the most. They are priced around $125 in good condition and around $350 in uncirculated condition.
In addition there are the 1935A Hawaii and North Africa notes. Both are valued at around $25-30 each. In uncirculated condition they sell for over $100.
The 1957 series is very common and it's even possible to find these bills in circulation today. The 1957 one dollar silver certificates have the same look as the 1935 series.
In good condition they only sell for around $1.50. In uncirculated condition they can sell for around $6. Because of the low price, it makes for a good novelty gift to a history buff or a coin and currency collector.
Old one dollar silver certificates are nice collectible items. The market can change over time, so there is not one set price for any of these bills. Also remember that star notes will be worth more money. If you are lucky enough to have a valuable bill then it's best to place it in a currency holder. There are large-note currency holders and small-note currency holders available.