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

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

    TT FR 1550 1966 $100 LEGAL TENDER RED SEAL PMG 67 EPQ SUPERB GEM UNCIRCULATED         1966 $100 Legal Tender. Serial # A00201278A, with the signatures of Granahan/Fowler. Fr # 1550. Plate # B1//7. Graded 67 Exceptional Paper Quality 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...

$1,895.00

TT FR 1609 1935 A $1 SILVER CERTIFICATE EXPERIM...

silver cert   TT FR 1609 1935 A $1 SILVER CERTIFICATE EXPERIMENTAL (R)...

silver cert   TT FR 1609 1935 A $1 SILVER CERTIFICATE EXPERIMENTAL (R) PMG 65 EPQ GEM UNC                1935A $1 Silver Certificate, FR# 1610, displaying serial# S70884032C . Fr# 1609. Plate# DB5090/3555. Signatures of Julian and Morgenthau. This note is a experimental (R) Silver Certificate. A grading of 65 EPQ (Exceptional Paper Quality) Gem Uncirculated by PMG. Hard to argue the quality of this note. Deep embossing, bright white paper and fresh appeal. Silv...

$695.00

TT FR 1610 1935A $1 SILVER CERTIFICATE EXPERIME...

  TT FR 0001610 1935A $1 SILVER CERTIFICATE EXPERIMENTAL (S) PCGS 67 P...

  TT FR 0001610 1935A $1 SILVER CERTIFICATE EXPERIMENTAL (S) PCGS 67 PPQ SUPERB GEM NEW    1935A $1 Silver Certificate, FR# 1610, displaying serial# S74741650C . Fr# 1610. Plate# D5843/3278. Signatures of Julian and Morgenthau. This note is a experimental (S) Silver Certificate. A grading of 67 GEM PPQ was given by PCGS. Hard to argue the quality of this note. Deep embossing, bright white paper and fresh appeal. Silver Certificates were used for a time in the U...

$2,595.00

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 1850-D 1929 $5 FEDERAL RESERVE BANK CLEVE...

    TT FR 1850-D 1929 $5 FEDERAL RESERVE BANK CLEVELAND, OH PCGS 66 PPQ GEM NEW   ...

    TT FR 1850-D 1929 $5 FEDERAL RESERVE BANK CLEVELAND, OH PCGS 66 PPQ GEM NEW         Serial # D02747870 Fr# 1850-D. From the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland,OH. Graded 66 PPQ (Premium Paper Quality) Gem New PCGS. This bright Cleveland $5 has bold embossing and boardwalk margins. Federal Reserve bank notes were United States currency banknotes issued by individual Federal Reserve banks. They were based upon the earlier National Bank Notes. They differed from Federal Reser...

$495.00

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

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

      TT FR 1870-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 H00163223A 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 b...

$395.00

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-I 1929 $100 FRBN MINNEAPOLIS PMG 65 ...

    TT FR 1890-I 1929 $100 FRBN MINNEAPOLIS BROWN SEAL PMG 65 EPQ GEM RARE 1 OF 2 SEQUENTIA...

    TT FR 1890-I 1929 $100 FRBN MINNEAPOLIS BROWN SEAL PMG 65 EPQ GEM RARE 1 OF 2 SEQUENTIAL SERIAL # !       1929 $100 Federal Reserve Bank Note. Fr 1890-I from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Serial number I00038602A. Graded 65 Exceptional Paper Quality Gem Uncirculated by PMG. PMG Population Report reveals that there are only 5 certified finer! A wonderful example from a hard to find district especially in high grade. Cracking fresh and well embossed. The district of Minneapolis is the rar...

$1,495.00

TT FR 2200-D 1928 $500 FRN RARE DISTRICT CLEVEL...

      TT FR 2200-D 1928 $500 FRN RARE DISTRICT CLEVELAND, OH PMG 55 NO RIPS, TEARS O...

      TT FR 2200-D 1928 $500 FRN RARE DISTRICT CLEVELAND, OH PMG 55 NO RIPS, TEARS OR PINHOLES       1928 $500 Federal Reserve Note Cleveland, OH. Fr 2200-D Dark Green Seal and serial number D00025088A. Signatures of Woods and Mellon. Graded 55 About Uncirculated by PMG. No rips, tears or pinholes! A rare district on a rare year for high denominations. 1928 series is far more attractive a series to collect than 1934 or 1934A. bright while paper never been washed or bleached. 1...

$3,975.00

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

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 2309 1934A $10 NORTH AFRICA WWII EMERGENC...

  TT FR 2309 1934A $10 NORTH AFRICA WWII EMERGENCY ISSUE GOLD SEAL PMG 66 EPQ GEM!    ...

  TT FR 2309 1934A $10 NORTH AFRICA WWII EMERGENCY ISSUE GOLD SEAL PMG 66 EPQ GEM!                1934A $10 North Africa WWII Emergency Issue Silver Certificate. FR 2309 and serial number B06722953A. Plate number G142/884. Signatures of Julian and Morgenthau. Graded 66 Exceptional Paper Quality Gem Uncirculated by PMG. Displaying beautiful margins, sharp corners, and rich gold seal noted on beautiful original paper. A portrait of Hamilton at center obverse. The printing of the...

$999.00

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

TT FR 2408 1928 $1000 GOLD CERTIFICATE PMG 53 E...

  TT FR 2408 1928 $1000 GOLD CERTIFICATE PMG 53 EPQ AU REMARKABLY SCARCE         ...

  TT FR 2408 1928 $1000 GOLD CERTIFICATE PMG 53 EPQ AU REMARKABLY SCARCE         Fr. 2408 $1000 1928 Gold Certificate. Signatures of Woods and Mellon displaying serial number A00077355A. Graded 53 Exceptional Paper Quality About Uncirculated by PMG. Gold Certificates are highly collectible in any grade. Desired by numerous collectors, but very difficult to find, especially in this grade. A quick research on PMG Population Report reveals a total of only seventy-six notes certi...

$34,950.00