Five Dollar Bills from the 1920s
There were only two design types used for large size five dollar bills in the 1920s. You are most likely to encounter what are known as series of 1902 $5 blue seal national bank notes. These bills were printed for many years after 1902. In fact, your bill could have a year as late as 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, or 1928 printed on it. All blue seal $5 national currency notes have a portrait of Ben Harrison on them. They are valued based on their serial number, condition, and bank of issue. Some are only worth $40. The top 1% of 1% can be worth $10,000 or more. Most examples are worth a few hundred dollars. These were issued by thousands of different banks and towns.
The other type of five dollar bill from the 1920s is the 1923 $5 silver certificate. These are very popular. Collectors have nicknamed this type of note a port hole. Portholes are not extremely scarce, but they can command strong prices, usually between $400 and $1,500. Uncirculated examples are worth more. Abraham Lincoln is at the center of the bill and all of the printings are in blue ink.
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