Value of $1 Silver Certificate

$1 Silver Certificate

One dollar silver certificates are very popular to collect.  There are really only a handful of design types and every issue is extremely affordable.  Small size ones can be bought for pocket change.  Large size $1 silver certificates are more expensive.  If you want to know the value of what you have, just ask.  I am always happy to answer questions and give you my best offer to purchase your note.

Martha Washington was featured on three different silver certificates.  The note pictured above is a $1 silver certificate from 1886 and it looks very similar to the 1891 one dollar note.  Martha Washington was also on the back of the 1896 note seen below.  1886 and 1891 notes aren’t especially rare or popular.  However, they can be valuable in uncirculated condition.

The series of 1896 $1 silver certificate seen above is extremely popular.  It is from a one year design type known as the educational series.  These can be worth over $1,000 if they are in perfect condition.  However, most examples trade for $100 – $500. 

One of the most popular one dollar silver certificates is from the series of 1899.  It is called a black eagle note by collectors.  Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant are pictured below the eagle.  Most 1899 $1 silver certificates will sell for around $50.  High grade examples, low serial number notes, or notes that have a serial number that begins with a star will be worth more.  Don’t be confused if your note also says 1886 on it – they all do.

The single most common large size piece of United States currency is the 1923 $1 silver certificate.  These were issued by the millions.  Today a nice looking example can be purchased for around $20.  George Washington is shown at the center of each bill.

There are 6 different types of one dollar silver certificates from 1928.  They are 1928, 1928A, 1928B, 1928C, 1928D, and 1928E.  The C, D, and E varieties are rare in high grades and extremely valuable if the serial number begins with a star symbol.  The 1928, A, and B issues are rather generic, even with stars.

The series of 1934 $1 silver certificate is common.  Most examples are worth less than $12.  These are unique looking because they are the only year to have a blue “1” printed on the left hand side of the bill.  Stars and low serial numbers are available for a premium.

Please do not call about any $1 silver certificate from 1935 or 1957.  They are extremely common.  I sell them for around $1.50.  Serial numbers with stars are only worth about $3 each.  I don’t even buy them.  These were printed by the millions and they are still found in circulation today.