Sell Your U.S. Paper Currency

American Rarities is interested in buying your rare US paper currency collection. We regularly buy US silver certificates, national currency, obsolete or “broken” bank notes, fractional currency and more, whether raw or certified in any grade. If your notes have extra collector value, then we want to buy them.

Free Paper Money Grading

We provide free appraisals and free paper currency grading for all US currency collections we inspect for potential purchase. If you have national bank notes, broken bank notes or fractional currency you want to sell, we want to talk to you! You will find us to be knowledgeable, attentive, and more importantly, willing to pay you the fair market value that we know your paper currency is worth.

How We Appraise Paper Money Collections

Establishing a value for your paper money requires utilizing a number of information sources. These include the Greensheet, also known as the Currency Dealer Newsletter, recent auction records, and population reports provided by the major paper money grading services. We have provided links to a few of these resources below.

American Rarities buys raw and certified US paper money of all types and grades, including:

  • US gold and silver certificates
  • National bank notes
  • Large and small size type notes
  • Fractional currency
  • Continental and colonial currency
  • Broken bank notes (Obsolete Notes)

Contact us to request your hassle-free, no-obligation appraisal and offer on your paper currency collection.

Certified U.S. Paper Currency

We buy paper currency collections graded by CGA, CGC, PMG and PCGS Currency, in addition to “raw” or non-graded collections. We can also submit your notes for grading, whether for your own collection or as a preface to buying your paper money. This helps guarantee you the highest price possible for your U.S. currency. Our expert paper currency dealers utilize the Certified Currency Dealer Newletter, otherwise known as the Green Sheet, as well as recent auction sales and other information sources like population reports to price your notes.

American Rarities Buys U.S. Paper Currency of All Types

Two US currency notes
  • United States Notes of varying types, 1862-1994
    Also known as legal tender notes, United States Notes were issued in denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1000. The interesting, and often intricate, designs of large size Legal Tender Notes have collectors and several have been given interesting nicknames such as:
    • “Rainbow” ($10 Legal Tender – Series 1869)
    • “Bison” ($10 Legal Tender – Series 1901)
    • “Woodchopper” ($5 Legal Tender – Series 1907)
    • “Sawhorse Back” ($1 Legal Tender – Series 1917)
  • Fractional Currency 1862-1876
  • National Bank Notes 1863-1938
  • Gold Certificates 1878-1965
  • Silver Certificates 1878-1965
  • Treasury (or Coin) Notes 1890-1899
  • Federal Reserve Notes 1914-Present
  • Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1915-1945
  • Large Size US Notes
  • Colonial Currency
  • Obsolete Notes (issued by private banks in the 1880’s)
  • Confederate States of America notes
  • Small Size US Notes
  • Error Notes

No Collection is Too Large,
No Collection is Too Small!

American Rarities is a reputable paper currency dealer you can trust.

Contact American Rarities today to request a free, no-obligation evaluation and offer on your US paper currency collection! Our expert buyers can provide a fair, accurate assessment of your paper money collection.

Call us toll-free at 1-800-622-5680

Paper Currency Grading Standards

  • Good: A heavily circulated note with obvious signs of handling. May include soiling and considerable wear and tear. Corners of the note may also be missing.
  • Very Good: An obviously well-circulated bank note with many creases, folding and wrinkling noticeable. Note may be dirty, “limp”, and dark in appearance. Corners may show severe wear and rounding, and some tears may be present. Note should be complete however, with no pieces missing.
  • Fine: Note has been considerably circulated and may have creases, folds and visible wrinkles. Edges show evidence of circulation, and there may be slight tears. May have very minor loss of color or extremely light stains.
  • Very Fine: A circulated note that still shows some signs of crispness. May have several vertical and horizontal folds as well as slight dirt or smudging visible. Will show signs of handling, though a VF note will have no tears on the edges.
  • Extra Fine: Paper is clean and bright with only faint evidence of circulation or handling. Bill may have several minor folds or one strong crease visible. Tears and discolorations are not present.
  • About Uncirculated: A note that may initially appear as uncirculated, but closer examination discloses the slightest signs of handling, some minor corner folds, a light bend or minor crease or a slight finger smudge. Paper is still crisp and bright and has original sheen.
  • Crisp Uncirculated: A note that has not been released into circulation and still has its original crispness. Basically the note is in the same condition as it was first produced. The paper must be firm and crisp, without any creases, folds or tears, and the corners must be sharp and square.

Paper Currency Star Notes

Star notes are used by the BEP (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) to replace misprinted/damaged currency before it goes into circulation. These replacement notes are printed just like normal notes, except there is a star printed in the serial number. On Federal Reserve Notes, the star is where the block letter normally is (the last letter of the serial number). On Legal Tender notes and Silver Certificates, the star is where the prefix normally is (the first letter of the serial number).

Paper Money Fancy Serial Numbers

  • Solid Serial Number – All One Number
  • Low Serial Number – Two Digits or Less
  • Trailing Zero Serial Number – Seven Zeros after Number
  • Ladder Serial Number – Sequence of Consecutive Numbers
  • Radar Serial Number – Reads the Same Both Ways
  • Flipper Serial Number – Reads the Same Upside Down
  • Repeater Serial Number – Two Numbers Repeated
  • Binary Serial Number – All Zeros and Ones
  • Stand Alone Serial Number – Number Surrounded by Zeros