Fractional Currency

Fractional currency, also referred to as shinplasters, was introduced by the United States federal government following the outbreak of the Civil War. These fractional notes were in use between 21 August 1862 and 15 February 1876, and issued in 3, 5, 10, 15, 25, and 50 cent denominations across five issuing periods. The complete type set below is part of the National Numismatic Collection, housed at the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution.

TT FR 1226 3 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PCGS ...

  TT FR 1226 3 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PCGS 66 PPQ GEM NEW         3 Cent Thi...

  TT FR 1226 3 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PCGS 66 PPQ GEM NEW         3 Cent Third Issue Fractional Fr # 1226 graded 66 PPQ (premium paper quality) Gem New by PCGS. A lovely example of this green back third issue note that has excellent margins and near perfect centering. The 3¢ Fractionals were the only Third Issue notes without signatures and they were also the only 3¢ Fractionals issued. The third issue of Fractional Currency started at the end of 1864 with the war going f...

$585.00

TT FR 1242 10 CENT FRACTIONAL FIRST ISSUE STRAI...

  TT FR 1242 10 CENT FRACTIONAL FIRST ISSUE STRAIGHT EDGES PMG 66 EPQ GEM         ...

  TT FR 1242 10 CENT FRACTIONAL FIRST ISSUE STRAIGHT EDGES PMG 66 EPQ GEM         First Issue 10 Cent Fractional FR # 1242. Graded 66 EPQ (Exceptional Paper Quality) Gem Uncirculated by PMG. An absolutely stunning piece of first issue fractional currency which has very few peers. This note was clearly cut from the sheet for the purpose of attaining the largest margins possible as well as perfect centering. This gorgeous example is as nice as any other "66" or "67". It is commo...

$769.00

TT FR 1242 10 CENT FRACTIONAL FIRST ISSUE STRAI...

  TT FR 1242 10 CENT FRACTIONAL FIRST ISSUE STRAIGHT EDGES PMG 66 EPQ GEM UNC.    ...

  TT FR 1242 10 CENT FRACTIONAL FIRST ISSUE STRAIGHT EDGES PMG 66 EPQ GEM UNC.         First Issue 10 Cent Fractional FR # 1242. Graded 66 EPQ (Exceptional Paper Quality) Gem Uncirculated by PMG and according to PMG Population Report there are only three graded a single point finer. This is a wonderful, original note with nice color, sharp printing, and bright paper. This gorgeous example is as nice as any other "66" or "67". It is common enough in most grades, but seldom seen...

$769.00

TT FR 1257 10 CENT FOURTH ISSUE FRACTIONAL LARG...

    TT FR 1257 10 CENT FOURTH ISSUE FRACTIONAL LARGE RED SEAL PMG 66 EPQ GEM UNC. ...

    TT FR 1257 10 CENT FOURTH ISSUE FRACTIONAL LARGE RED SEAL PMG 66 EPQ GEM UNC.         10 Cent Fractional Fourth Issue Fr# 1257. Graded 66 EPQ (Exceptional Paper Quality) Gem Uncirculated by PMG. An abundantly margined and very fresh example of this larger treasury seal. The centering is near perfect and the color simply wonderful for this type. The Currency Act of April, 17th 1876, directed that all Fractional currency notes were to be redeemable with silver coin. This...

$595.00

TT FR 1259 10 CENT FOURTH ISSUE FRACTIONAL PMG ...

  TT FR 1259 10 CENT FOURTH ISSUE FRACTIONAL PMG 65 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED   10 Cent Fo...

  TT FR 1259 10 CENT FOURTH ISSUE FRACTIONAL PMG 65 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED   10 Cent Fourth Issue Fractional fr# 1259 with the signatures of Allison and Spinner. Grading 65 EPQ GEM (exceptional paper quality) by PMG. A wonderfully margined example of this desirable variety that has a bold blue swath of color at the right end. By the end of the Fifth Issue in early 1876, there were more than enough silver coins circulating to meet the everyday needs of the nation and paper fractional...

$595.00

TT FR 1291 25 CENTS THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL RED ...

    TT FR 1291 25 CENTS THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL RED BACK PCGS 64 PPQ VERY CHOICE NEW         2...

    TT FR 1291 25 CENTS THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL RED BACK PCGS 64 PPQ VERY CHOICE NEW         25 Cents Third Issue Fractional Currency fr 1291. Graded 64 Premium Paper Quality Very Choice New. A lovely Red Back Fessenden with embossing that can be clearly seen through the third party holder. While this is certainly not rare as a type, the red back Fessenden is not seen in high grades very often. Fessenden (1806-69) proved quite valuable to Lincoln during the Civil War as Chairman of the Sen...

$549.00

TT FR 1294 25 CENTS 3RD ISSUE FRACTIONAL GREEN ...

      TT FR 1294 25 CENTS 3RD ISSUE FRACTIONAL GREEN BACK PMG 65 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED         ...

      TT FR 1294 25 CENTS 3RD ISSUE FRACTIONAL GREEN BACK PMG 65 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED         25 Cents Third Issue Fractional Currency fr 1294. Graded 65 Exceptional Paper Quality Gem Uncirculated by PMG. Only seven graded higher according to PMG Population Report. Four nice, even margins and bright bronzing make this a very attractive Green Back Fessenden. While this is certainly not rare as a type, the green back Fessenden is not seen in the gem grades very often. Superb eye appeal and ...

$595.00

TT FR 1309 25 CENT 5TH ISSUE FRACTIONAL "SHORT,...

  TT FR 1309 25 CENT 5TH ISSUE FRACTIONAL "SHORT, THICK KEY" PCGS 65 PPQ GEM NEW         25...

  TT FR 1309 25 CENT 5TH ISSUE FRACTIONAL "SHORT, THICK KEY" PCGS 65 PPQ GEM NEW         25 Cent 5th Issue Fractional with fr# 1309 showing signatures of Allison and Spinner. Graded 65 PPQ (premium paper quality) Gem New by PCGS. This is a Short, Thick Key variety, the key that is in the red seal. This short key Walker has plentiful margins, good centering and the paper quality to qualify for the gem grade. The obverse features the head of Rob J. Walker, Secretary of the Treasury, 1845....

$249.00

TT FR 1320 50 CENT SECOND ISSUE FRACTIONAL FIBE...

    TT FR 1320 50 CENT SECOND ISSUE FRACTIONAL FIBER PAPER PMG 58 EPQ GEM APPEARANCE...

    TT FR 1320 50 CENT SECOND ISSUE FRACTIONAL FIBER PAPER PMG 58 EPQ GEM APPEARANCE       50 Cent Second Issue Fractional Currency. Fr 1320 Bronze oval. Graded 58 Exceptional Paper Quality Choice About Uncirculated by PMG. A scarce fiber paper note, this example has abundant margins and crystal clear surcharges which give it the allure of a much higher grade. There are three different fiber paper second issue 50 cent notes. Fr. 1322 is the common one; 1320 and 1321 are seldo...

$499.00

TT FR 1324 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE SPINNER FRACTION...

  TT FR 1324 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE SPINNER FRACTIONAL CURRENCY RED BACK PCGS 64 PPQ   ...

  TT FR 1324 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE SPINNER FRACTIONAL CURRENCY RED BACK PCGS 64 PPQ         50 Cent Third Issue Fractional Currency, Fr# 1324, autographed signatures of Colby and Spinner. Graded 64 PPQ (premium paper quality) by PCGS.  Well margined, beautifully bright, and strictly original. A popular example of autographed red back design. Certainly one of the finest available. The third issue of Fractional Currency started at the end of 1864 with the war going full blast. As ...

$595.00

TT FR 1324 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE SPINNER FRACTION...

  TT FR 1324 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE SPINNER FRACTIONAL CURRENCY RED BACK PMG 64 EPQ   ...

  TT FR 1324 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE SPINNER FRACTIONAL CURRENCY RED BACK PMG 64 EPQ         50 Cent Third Issue Fractional Currency, Fr# 1324, autographed signatures of Colby and Spinner. Graded 64 EPQ (exceptional paper quality) Choice Uncirculated by PMG. Well margined, beautifully bright, and strictly original. A popular example of autographed red back design. Certainly one of the finest available. The third issue of Fractional Currency started at the end of 1864 with the war ...

$599.00

TT FR 1326 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL "NUMB...

    TT FR 1326 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL "NUMBER "1" ON THE FRONT" PMG 58 EPQ C...

    TT FR 1326 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL "NUMBER "1" ON THE FRONT" PMG 58 EPQ CHOICE ABOUT UNC.       50 Cent Second Issue Fractional Currency. Fr 1326 Bronze oval. Graded 58 Exceptional Paper Quality Choice About Uncirculated by PMG. The colors are beautiful, and the original paper surfaces are plainly evident. This Spinner is widely margined with vibrant red back. The third issue of Fractional Currency started at the end of 1864 with the war going full blast. As the qu...

$995.00

TT FR 1328 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PCGS ...

  TT FR 1328 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PCGS 40 PPQ AUTOGRAPHED SIGNATURES   5...

  TT FR 1328 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PCGS 40 PPQ AUTOGRAPHED SIGNATURES   50 Cent Third Issue Fractional Currency, Fr# 1328, autographed signatures of Colby and Spinner. Graded 40 PPQ (premium paper quality) by PCGS. This adequately margined Spinner displays great color and strict originality! The third issue of Fractional Currency started at the end of 1864 with the war going full blast. As the quality of fractional notes improved, so did the quality of the counterfeit...

$395.00

TT FR 1331 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL GREEN...

  TTT FR 0001331 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL GREEN BACK SPINNER PCG...

  TTT FR 0001331 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL GREEN BACK SPINNER PCGS 58 PPQ   50 CENT 3rd ISSUE Fractional. Rare Fr# 1331. Signatures of Colby/Spinner. Graded 58 PPQ. A great example. Excellent colors, bold print, spectacular margins and tons of eye appeal. The third issue of Fractional Currency started at the end of 1864 with the war going full blast. As the quality of fractional notes improved, so did the quality of the counterfeits of the earlier issue no...

$389.00

TT FR 1331 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL GREEN...

    TT FR 1331 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL GREEN BACK SPINNER PMG 58 EPQ          ...

    TT FR 1331 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL GREEN BACK SPINNER PMG 58 EPQ                   50 Cent 3rd Issue Fractional. Rare Fr# 1331. Signatures of Colby/Spinner. Graded 58 EPQ Exceptional Paper Quality Choice About Uncirculated by PMG. An exceptional green back Spinner note that is well embossed and totally original. It certainly appears to be a Choice Uncirculated note through the holder as there is no evidence of a fold anywhere to be found. The third issue of Fracti...

$1,195.00

TT FR 1333 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PCGS ...

  TT FR 1333 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PCGS 58 PPQ CHOICE ABOUT N...

  TT FR 1333 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PCGS 58 PPQ CHOICE ABOUT NEW    50 CENT 3rd ISSUE Fractional. Rare Fr# 1336. Number "1" On Front. Signatures of Colby/Spinner. Graded 58 PPQ (premium paper quality) by PCGS. A great example. The usual broad margins are present on this strongly embossed Spinner. The third issue of Fractional Currency started at the end of 1864 with the war going full blast. As the quality of fractional notes improved, so did the qualit...

$350.00

TT FR 1362 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PMG 3...

  TT FR 1362 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PMG 35 EPQ CHOICE VERY FIN...

  TT FR 1362 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL PMG 35 EPQ CHOICE VERY FINE   50 Cent Third Issue FR# 1362 Graded 35 EPQ (Exceptional Paper Quality) by PMG Signatures of Colby/Spinner. This Green Back Justice has the qualities of an uncirculated note with its beautiful bronze overprints, bright paper, three full margins, and bold details. If there is something specific you need, please contact us by email or by calling. Thank you and enjoy! 41610tiycfurjk.     ...

$349.00

TT FR 1368 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL SCARC...

    TT FR 1368 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL SCARCE NUMBER TO FIND PMG 55 EPQ       ...

    TT FR 1368 50 CENT THIRD ISSUE FRACTIONAL SCARCE NUMBER TO FIND PMG 55 EPQ                     50 Cent Third Issue FR# 1368 Graded 55 EPQ (Exceptional Paper Quality) About Uncirculated by PMG Signatures of Colby/Spinner. Number "1" on front. A very tough number rarely encountered in any grade. Great margins and cavernous embossing are seen on this lovely Justice note. Fr. 1368 is a deceptively scarce number that is not often encountered in uncirculated condition. That le...

$699.00

TT FR 1379 50 CENT FOURTH ISSUE FRACTIONAL PMG ...

    TT FR 1379 50 CENT FOURTH ISSUE FRACTIONAL PMG 65 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED   Fourt...

    TT FR 1379 50 CENT FOURTH ISSUE FRACTIONAL PMG 65 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED   Fourth Issue 50 Cent Fractional fr # 1379, signatures of Allison and Spinner. Graded 65 EPQ (Exceptional Paper Quality) by PMG. A bold and vivid Dexter with superb green seal, fresh, crisp and bright color. Immaculate surfaces! No visible distractions. A great purchase for any collectors. Please contact us if you need anything. Thank you and enjoy...!! 4114tiyxxxlc.           Trusted Traditions Joh...

$695.00

TT FR 1381 50 CENT FRACTIONAL BOB HOPE PMG 65 G...

  TT FR 1381 50 CENT FRACTIONAL BOB HOPE PMG 65 GEM EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED         ...

  TT FR 1381 50 CENT FRACTIONAL BOB HOPE PMG 65 GEM EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED         50 Cent Fractional Fifth Issue. FR # 1381 with the signatures of Allison/New. Plate# O14. Graded GEM Uncirculated 65 EPQ (exceptional paper quality) by PMG. Superb note! This is a well centered franctional with ample margins and bold red seal. Often referred to as the "Bob Hope" note due to Crawford's uncanny resemblance to the famous star. A portrait of William H. Crawford is shown to the left o...

$395.00

TT FR 2202-D 1934A $500 FRN CLEVELAND PMG 66 EP...

      TT FR 2202-D 1934A $500 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE CLEVELAND, OH PMG 66 EPQ GEM UNCI...

      TT FR 2202-D 1934A $500 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE CLEVELAND, OH PMG 66 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED       1934A $500 Federal Reserve Note Cleveland, HO. Fr 2202-D and serial number D00056038A. Signatures of Julian and Morgenthau. Graded 66 EPQ Exceptional Paper Quality Gem Uncirculated. Top Population two both services - none certified by PCGS and only two ever graded Gem by PMG. Wide and balanced margins combine to produce the bull's-eye centering on this lovely Cleveland $500. Trea...

$11,950.00