What's It Worth? How Valuable Is Confederate Currency?

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Today I’d like to talk about Confederate currency. All currency seems to be collectible — especially prior to 1940. Many pieces of American currency are just worth 1% to 10% over the face value, but of course there are many examples that are worth thousands of dollars for a single $1 bill.

Most Confederate currency bills are worth between $5 and $20 each. Condition is a big issue. If Confederate bills are very crisp and have not been folded or circulated, they can be worth $10 to $100 each. Earlier versions from the early part of the Civil War and more decorative versions can be worth much more money; if you get a $500 bill it can be worth thousands of dollars.

Today I’m showing you three examples. The first example is a fake parchment note. If you have a note that looks like old-fashioned parchment and feels very brittle, it is likely just a counterfeit note — they are always rather dark and very brittle. Next, we have the facsimile fake notes that are actually marked with the word facsimile in small print on the back; these are also worthless. Also shown is a good example of the $100 Confederate note from 1864. Notice the C on the top left-hand corner — this is the origination of the term C-note or centre note or $100 note. These are valued between $15 and $1,500 depending on condition, year, and who signed the note. A good way to see if your note is genuine is to see if the signatures on the note are in a different color of ink then the rest of the black ink on the note.

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