US Small Currency

In 1929, all currency was changed to the size which is familiar today. The first one-dollar bills were issued as silver certificates under Series of 1928. The treasury seal and serial numbers were dark blue. The obverse was nearly identical to the Series of 1923 $1 silver certificate, but the treasury seal featured spikes around it and a large gray one replaced the blue "1 DOLLAR." The reverse, too, had the same border design as the Series of 1923 $1 bill, but the center featured a large ornate one superimposed by one dollar. These are commonly known as "Funnybacks" due to the rather odd-looking "ONE" on the reverse. These $1 silver certificates were issued until 1934.

In 1933, Series of 1928 $1 United States Notes were issued to supplement the supply of $1 Silver Certificates. Its treasury seal and serial numbers were red and there was different wording on the obverse of the note. However, a month after their production, it was realized that there would be no real need for these notes and production was stopped. A small number of these $1 bills entered circulation and the rest were kept in treasury vaults until 1949 when they were issued in Puerto Rico.

In 1934, the design of the $1 silver certificate was changed. This occurred with that year's passage of the Silver Purchase Act, which led to a large increase in dollar bills backed by that metal. Under Washington's portrait, one silver dollar was changed to one dollar. The treasury seal was moved to the right and superimposed over one, and a blue numeral 1 was added to the left. The reverse remained the same.

A year later, in 1935, the design of the one-dollar bill was changed again. On the obverse, the blue numeral 1 was changed to gray and made smaller, the gray one to the right was removed, the treasury seal was made smaller and superimposed by washington d.c., and a stylized one dollar was added over the treasury seal. The reverse was also changed to its current design, except for the absence of in god we trust.

The next change came in 1957 when the $1 bill became the first piece of paper U.S. currency to bear the motto in god we trust; it was added over the word one on the reverse. Initially the BEP began printing the motto on notes printed with the new 32 note press, but soon Series of 1935G bills printed on a 18 note press featured the motto.

The final production of $1 Silver Certificates occurred in late 1963. In 1964, the redemption of Silver Certificates for silver coin ended and in 1968 the redemption of Silver Certificates for silver bullion ended.

Production of one-dollar Federal Reserve Notes was undertaken in late 1963 to replace the soon-to-be obsolete $1 Silver Certificate. The design on the reverse remained the same, but the border design on the obverse underwent considerable modification, as the mostly abstract filigrees were replaced with designs that were mostly botanical in nature. In addition, the word "one," which appeared eight times around the border in small type, was eliminated. The serial numbers and treasury seal were printed in green ink. This was the first time the one-dollar bill was printed as a Federal Reserve Note.

The $1 bill became the first denomination printed at the new Western Currency Facility in February 1991, when a shipment of 3.2 million star notes from the Dallas FRB was produced.

Though bill denominations of $5 and higher have been redesigned twice since 1995 as part of ongoing anti-counterfeiting efforts, there are currently no plans to redesign the $1 or $2 bills.

TT FR 1528 1928C $5 LEGAL TENDER RED SEAL PCGS ...

    TT FR 1528 1928C $5 LEGAL TENDER RED SEAL PCGS 67 PPQ SUPERB GEM NEW!     ...

    TT FR 1528 1928C $5 LEGAL TENDER RED SEAL PCGS 67 PPQ SUPERB GEM NEW!         1928C $5 Legal Tender Note. FR 1528 and serial number F81811510A and plate number D430/1245. Graded 67 Premium Paper Quality Superb Gem New by PCGS. This $5 Legal Tender issue sports perfect margins, strong ink, and deep embossing all seen through the third party holder. The stunning paper quality supports the superb gem grade designation. A portrait of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of ...

$595.00

TT FR 1550 1966 $100 LEGAL TENDER RED SEAL PMG ...

    TT FR 1550 1966 $100 LEGAL TENDER RED SEAL PMG 67 SUPERB GEM UNCIRCULATED   ...

    TT FR 1550 1966 $100 LEGAL TENDER RED SEAL PMG 67 SUPERB GEM UNCIRCULATED         1966 $100 Legal Tender. Serial # A00201278A, with the signatures of Granahan/Fowler. Fr # 1550. Plate # B1//7. Graded 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated by PMG. The margins and centering are complemented by a bold overprint and stunning originality. A popular note for the type. The 1966 $100 red seal is currently the most valuable of the red seal types as well as the last of this type of note. Cu...

$1,995.00

TT FR 1551 1966A $100 LEGAL TENDER RED SEAL PMG...

  TT FR 1551 1966A $100 LEGAL TENDER RED SEAL PMG 66 EPQ GEM         1966A $10...

  TT FR 1551 1966A $100 LEGAL TENDER RED SEAL PMG 66 EPQ GEM         1966A $100 Legal Tender. Serial number A00789751A, with the signatures of Elston/Kennedy. Fr 1551. Plate Position C. Graded 66 Exceptional Paper Quality Gem Uncirculated by PMG. A blazing red overprint. The embossing and originality are evident on this brightly colored 1966A $100 Legal. A quick search on Ebay reveals NONE other are listed. This bill is 4-1 times more rare than the 1550 and it's the note mo...

$2,188.00

TT FR 1604 1928 D $1 SILVER CERTIFICATE PCGS 67...

      TT FR 1604 1928D $1 SILVER CERTIFICATE PCGS 67 PPQ SUPERB GEM NEW   Seri...

      TT FR 1604 1928D $1 SILVER CERTIFICATE PCGS 67 PPQ SUPERB GEM NEW   Serial # D82596205B, signatures of Julian/Woodin. Friedberg # 1604. Plate# A2/2478. Series D. An incredibly well margined example that has great ink color and bold, punch through embossing. Silver certificates were used for a time in the United States as a form of paper currency. They were produced in response to silver agitation by citizens angered by the "Crime of 1873", which placed the United Stat...

$1,600.00

TT FR 1705 1934D $10 WIDE SILVER CERTIFICATE BL...

      TT FR 1705 1934D $10 WIDE SILVER CERTIFICATE BLUE SEAL PCGS 67 PPQ SUPERB GEM...

      TT FR 1705 1934D $10 WIDE SILVER CERTIFICATE BLUE SEAL PCGS 67 PPQ SUPERB GEM!         1934D $10 Wide Silver Certificate. FR 1705 and serial number B39187962A and plate number F234/1188. Graded 67 Premium Paper Quality Superb Gem New by PCGS. Only one finer is known among both grading services. A pleasing $10 Wide Silver Certificate with deep inks, strong embossing, impeccable margins, and original paper crispness! The blue seal and serial number bleed perfectly throu...

$895.00

TT FR 1800-1 1929 $5 NATIONAL BANK NOTE PAINTED...

  TT FR 0001800-1 1929 $5 NATIONAL BANK NOTE PAINTED POST, NY SERIAL # 1 PMG 65 EPQ    ...

  TT FR 0001800-1 1929 $5 NATIONAL BANK NOTE PAINTED POST, NY SERIAL # 1 PMG 65 EPQ               1929 $5 National Bank Note TYPE 1 from Painted Post, New York, with fr#1800-1,  Charter number 13664 and attractive serial number C000001A. Displaying signatures of Jones and Woods. An always in demand item due to its unusual town nomenclature, scarce and seldom seen bank. A bright and nicely centered beauty bearing serial number C000001A, and showing bold embossing and strong color...

$4,350.00

TT FR 1801-1 1929 $10 NBN HUNTINGDON, PA TYPE 1...

    TT FR 1801-1 1929 $10 NBN HUNTINGDON, PA TYPE 1 NOTE LOW CHARTER # 31 PCGS 66 PPQ GEM NEW  ...

    TT FR 1801-1 1929 $10 NBN HUNTINGDON, PA TYPE 1 NOTE LOW CHARTER # 31 PCGS 66 PPQ GEM NEW   1929 $10 NBN The First National Bank of Huntingdon, PA. Fr 1801-1 type 1. Serial number C002833A. Plate number I137/173. Signatures of Jones and Woods. Low Charter number 31. Graded 66 Premium Paper Quality Gem New by PCGS. A boldly embossed, well margined beautiful $10. National Bank Notes were issued from July 1929 to May 1935. The issuing ceased due to security reasons which the Treasury re...

$695.00

TT FR 1850-D 1929 $5 FRBN CLEVELAND, OH PMG 67 ...

TT FR 1850-D 1929 $5 FRBN CLEVELAND, OH PMG 67 EPQ SUPERB GEM TOP POP NONE FINER         Ser...

TT FR 1850-D 1929 $5 FRBN CLEVELAND, OH PMG 67 EPQ SUPERB GEM TOP POP NONE FINER         Serial # D02514948A Fr# 1850-D. From the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland,OH. Graded 67 EPQ (Exceptional paper Quality) Superb Gem Uncirculated PMG. This superb note along with 3 other received the graded of 67 and none was graded finer according to PMG Population Report. An especially attractive Cleveland note with strong embossing showing through the third-party holder. Superb quality and eye appe...

$995.00

TT FR 1870-A 1929 $20 FRBN BOSTON, MA BROWN SEA...

      TT FR 0001870-A 1929 $20 FRBN BOSTON, MA BROWN SEAL PCGS 67 PPQ SUPERB GEM NE...

      TT FR 0001870-A 1929 $20 FRBN BOSTON, MA BROWN SEAL PCGS 67 PPQ SUPERB GEM NEW         1929 $20 Federal Reserve Bank Note. Fr # 1870-A, from Boston, MA. Serial#A00950283A. Graded 67 PPQ (Premium Paper Quality) Superb Gem New by PCGS with only one graded finer according to PCGS Population Report. Deep embossing is easily seen through the holder. Excellent margins, superior color and striking eye appeal Federal Reserve bank notes were United States currency banknotes i...

$1,250.00

TT FR 1870-A 1929 $20 FRBN BOSTON, MA SMALL BRO...

  TT FR 0001870-A 1929 $20 FRBN BOSTON, MA SMALL BROWN SEAL PCGS 66 PP...

  TT FR 0001870-A 1929 $20 FRBN BOSTON, MA SMALL BROWN SEAL PCGS 66 PPQ GEM NEW    1929 $20 FRBN BOSTON, MA with fr# 1870-A, graded 66 PPQ (premium paper quality) Gem New by PCGS displaying serial number A00888674A. A completely original FRBN with full embossing, bold colors, nice centering and crisp paper. No pin holes or tears. Federal Reserve bank notes were United States currency bank-notes issued by individual Federal Reserve banks. They were based upon t...

$950.00

TT FR 1870-G 1929 $20 FRBN CHICAGO, IL PMG 66 E...

      TT FR 0001870-G 1929 $20 FRBN CHICAGO, IL PMG 66 EPQ GEM   1929 $20 FRBN ...

      TT FR 0001870-G 1929 $20 FRBN CHICAGO, IL PMG 66 EPQ GEM   1929 $20 FRBN CHICAGO, IL with fr# 1870-G, graded 66 EPQ (exceptional paper quality) Gem New by PMG displaying serial number G01281152A. A completely original FRBN with full embossing, bold colors, nice centering and crisp paper. No pin holes or tears. Federal Reserve bank notes were United States currency bank-notes issued by individual Federal Reserve banks. They were based upon the earlier National Bank Not...

$695.00

TT FR 1870-H 1929 $20 FRBN ST. LOUIS, MO PMG 65...

  TT FR 0001870-H 1929 $20 FRBN ST. LOUIS, MO PMG 65 EPQ  GEM UNCIRCULATED   1929 ...

  TT FR 0001870-H 1929 $20 FRBN ST. LOUIS, MO PMG 65 EPQ  GEM UNCIRCULATED   1929 $20 FRBN ST. LOUIS, MO with fr# 1870-H, graded 65 EPQ (exceptional paper quality) GEM by PMG displaying serial number H00078379A coming from the district of St. Louis, MO. A completely original FRBN with full embossing, bold colors, nice centering and crisp paper. No pin holes or tears. Federal Reserve bank notes were United States currency bank-notes issued by individual Federal Reserve banks. Th...

$795.00

TT FR 1890-B 1929 $100 FRBN NEW YORK, NY PMG 65...

    TT FR 1890-B 1929 $100 FRBN NEW YORK, NY PMG 65 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED!!!       ...

    TT FR 1890-B 1929 $100 FRBN NEW YORK, NY PMG 65 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED!!!           Serial# B00236458 Fr# 1890-B. Plate# J23/36. Signatures of Jones/Woods. From the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, NY. Graded 65 EPQ (Exceptional Paper Quality) Gem Uncirculated by PMG. There are no pin holes or tears. Beautiful brown seal. A great example of this high denomination FRBN. Federal Reserve bank notes were United States currency banknotes issued by individual Federal Reserve bank...

$1,395.00

TT FR 1890-K 1929 $100 FRBN DALLAS, TX BROWN SE...

      TT FR 0001890-K 1929 $100 FRBN DALLAS, TX BROWN SEAL PCGS 55 CHOICE ABOUT NEW...

      TT FR 0001890-K 1929 $100 FRBN DALLAS, TX BROWN SEAL PCGS 55 CHOICE ABOUT NEW   Many people ask quite frequently what areas of small sized notes are opportune or poised for a growth spurt. In our opinion the Federal Reserve Bank Notes are an excellent venue for such Probabilities, when you consider the availability, supply and demand the math points to all indications that 3-5 years from now the prices and current market values will be much higher. Beauties like these ...

$2,250.00

TT FR 1950-K 1928 $5 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE DARK ...

    TT FR 1950-K 1928 $5 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE DARK GREEN SEAL DALLAS PMG 65 EPQ GEM       ...

    TT FR 1950-K 1928 $5 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE DARK GREEN SEAL DALLAS PMG 65 EPQ GEM         1928 $5 Federal Reserve Note from Dallas, TX district number 11, Fr 1950-K, serial number K01710663A. Signatures of Tate and Mellon. Graded 66 Exceptional Paper Quality Gem Uncirculated by PMG. The Dallas is the rarest only to Minneapolis! Well margined and boldly printed, this lovely example of the Dark Green Seal variety also displays solid, original embossing. A portrait of Abraham Lincoln i...

$399.00

TT FR 2050-G 1928 $20 FRN CHICAGO EXOTIC SERIAL...

    TT FR 0002050-G 1928 $20 FRN CHICAGO EXOTIC SERIAL # 14 PMG 66 EPQ GEM UNCIRCU...

    TT FR 0002050-G 1928 $20 FRN CHICAGO EXOTIC SERIAL # 14 PMG 66 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED         1928 $20 Federal Reserve Note with lovely serial # G00001400A, displaying signatures of Tate and Mellon. Fr# 2050-G, plate # B1/12 from the district of Chicago, IL. Series of 1928 graded 66 EPQ (Exceptional paper Quality) GEM by PMG. Full embossing, excellent green color, fantastic margins and tons of eye appeal. Switched to a small-sized note in 1928, with a portrait of Andrew ...

$995.00

TT FR 2050-H 1928 $20 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE ST.L...

    TT FR 2050-H 1928 $20 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE ST.LOUIS PMG 66 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED!      ...

    TT FR 2050-H 1928 $20 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE ST.LOUIS PMG 66 EPQ GEM UNCIRCULATED!       1928 $20 Federal Reserve Note St.Louis with serial number H01881564A, displaying signatures of Tate and Mellon. Fr 2050-H, plate L7/140 from the district of St. Louis, MI. Series of 1928 graded 66 Exceptional paper Quality Gem Uncirculated by PMG. A boldly printed and beautifully margined numbered district example with great eye appeal from the somewhat scarcer St. Louis district which had just ...

$766.00

TT FR 2221-E 1934 $5000 RARE RICHMOND LIGHT GRE...

      TT FR 2221-E 1934 $5000 RARE RICHMOND LIGHT GREEN SEAL PCGS 58 PPQ E0000010...

      TT FR 2221-E 1934 $5000 RARE RICHMOND LIGHT GREEN SEAL PCGS 58 PPQ E00000107A !!         1934 $5000 Federal Reserve Note from Richmond, VA. Fr 2221-E and serial number E00000107A. Plate number E1/1. Graded 58 Premium Paper Quality Choice About New by PCGS. According to PMG, only because PCGS info is temporarily not available, PMG has only seen 11 examples with only two of the 11 specimens have been granted the Premium Paper Quality (PPQ), however most experts agree thi...

$152,500.00

TT FR 2231-K 1934 $10,000 RARE DALLAS LIGHT GRE...

      TT FR 2231-K 1934 $10,000 RARE DALLAS LIGHT GREEN SEAL PMG 63 EPQ K00000036A...

      TT FR 2231-K 1934 $10,000 RARE DALLAS LIGHT GREEN SEAL PMG 63 EPQ K00000036A !!   1934 $10000 Federal Reserve Note from Dallas, TX. Fr 2231-K and serial number K00000036A. Plate number F. Graded 63 Exceptional Paper Quality Choice Uncirculated by PMG. According to PMG, they have only seen 15 examples with the finest being a 64 flat no EPQ, however most experts agree this Fr 2231-K with great color and EPQ should qualify for the obvious upgrade with near gem margins, gr...

$252,500.00

TT FR 2407 1928 $500 GOLD CERTIFICATE SCARCE NO...

  TT FR 0002407 1928 $500 GOLD CERTIFICATE SCARCE NOTE PMG 40 EXTREMELY FINE     ...

  TT FR 0002407 1928 $500 GOLD CERTIFICATE SCARCE NOTE PMG 40 EXTREMELY FINE         Fr. 2407 $500 1928 Gold Certificate. Friedberg 2407 with the signatures of Woods and Mellon displaying serial number A00018038A. Graded 40 Extremely Fine by PMG. Gold Certificates are highly collectible in any grade. Desired by numerous collectors, but very difficult to find, especially in this grade. Embossing is still readily visible on the treasury seal and both serial numbers on this $500...

$17,950.00