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How To Identify Counterfeit Currency

The most common “counterfeits” we see are actually just modern reproductions made to look old.  These are extremely easy to identify.  They will:

-Be Printed on Brown Brittle Paper
-Have a Black Overprint
-Usually Have Blank Backs

The most frequently counterfeited bills are colonial notes, confederate currency, and Republic of Texas money.  If the serial number on your bill matches something on the list below then what you have is a reproduction.

Colonial Money

Continental Currency            $20      Sept 26, 1778      # 270350

Connecticut                             10 Shilling      June 1, 1770      # 11259

Delaware                                 5 Shilling      Jan 1, 1776      # 62101

Georgia                                   $4      Sept 10, 1777      # 2991 & # 19567

Maryland                                 $8      Apr 10, 1774      # 14020

Massachusetts                         $8      May 5, 1780      # 25480

New Hampshire                      30 Shilling      Aug 24, 1778      # 992

                                                $7                 Aug 29, 1780      # 1702 or # A702

New Jersey                              18 Pence      Mar 25, 1776      # 8418

New York                               5 Pounds      Feb 16, 1771      # 24323

                                                $10              Aug 13, 1776      # ????

North Carolina                        $4      Aug 8, 1778      # 126 or # 146

Pennsylvania                           15 Shilling      Oct 1, 1773      # 5520

Rhode Island                          $3      July 2, 1780      # 2298

South Carolina                        5 Shilling      Apr 10, 1778      # 640

                                                $8                Oct 9, 1776        # [none]

Virginia                                   $250      Mar 1, 1771      # 1165

Texas Money

$1        2150

$2        5214

$3        40, 41, 383, 146?, 2077

$5        1349, 2221, 2231, 2251 

$10      1385, 5480

$20      569, 1575, 6221

$50      1112, 1503, 2962, 5962

$100    184, 185, 663, 1467

$500    1381

Confederate Money

$0.50 1863  104199, 104508, 861343
1864  6850, 83999

$1   1862  355, 658, 49092, 50381
1863  1468, 18094
1864  3691, 28490, 32984, 42507, 6171, 76280, 82129, 83383, 85087

$2   1861  2473, 6476, 46893
1862  37232, 48590, 211765
1863  46695, 51572
1864  4505, 18491, 32098, 34098, 37544, 48840, 74585, 93609, 94505, 98840

$5   1861  1953, 2070, 4763, 11225, 16767, 24497, 138590
1862  6250
1863  16165, 81072
1864  1138, 18262, 19640, 23580, 45806, 46147, 47333, 50243, 68771,76280

$10 1861  470, 970, 1484, 5089, 8005, 8007, 19107, 77389,  91497, 94129
1862  2973, 581355
1863  37728, 50883
1864  8470, 9825, 14077, 22462, 31680, 32515, 35342, 39911, 40620, 40679,
45447, 45956, 49987, 55411, 66037, 83185, 96636

$20   1861  11220, 15247, 76007, 131720
1862  39590, 61372
1863  77786
1864  1372, 2625, 10482, 13410, 22224, 23483, 35021, 46410, 56809, 68327, 76627, 80967, 93941

$50   1861  1365, 3866, 18441, 18443, 21614, 23961, 23510, 31351, 49935, 93351
1862 60423, 85765
1863  3987, 4553, 57257, 57557
1864 5670, 5920, 11999, 14949, 24791, 25674, 50935, 59204, 61891, 72104, 77114

$100 1861 85, 457, 1367, 4182, 4332, 323118
1862 108, 4114, 25208, 50371, 52042, 53453, 57939, 65798, 84389, 127208, 148406
1863  933, 2248, 2575, 29063, 29200, 57226
1864 801, 4398, 20396, 33193, 41567, 44248, 47128, 49987 79243, 85117, 92685

$500 1861  85
1864  393, 9229, 14682, 16599, 16760, 18278, 18935, 19834, 21130, 26326, 26949, 33004, 33546, 36776, 67935, 82210

$1,000  1861  46, 82, 88, 176, 178, 197, 297, 321

$10,000 everything is fake

$100,000 everything is fake

Obsolete Bank Notes

Alabama      State of Alabama    $100     Jan 1, 1864       # 834

Arkansas     Treasury Warrant   $1         Apr 28, 1862     # 128346

California     Wells Fargo           $20       Jan 11, 1871      # 370455

Miners Bank  Alta Calif  25ct  1857            # 1849

Canada        City Bank              $4         Jan 1, 1857       # 12549

D.C.            Bullion Bank          $3         July 4, 1862      #  [none]

Columbia Bank       $3        Oct 20, 1862     #  [none]

Presidents Bank      $1         ——- 1852       # [none]

Florida             State of Florida           $1         Mar 1, 1863      # 2396

Bank Fernandina         $5         Feb 1, 1860      # 237

Bank of Florida           $4         Feb 1, 1864      # 542

Bank St. Johns            $5         May 2, 1859     # 667

Bank West Florida       $40       Nov 3, 1832      # 1363

Merchants & Platnters  $20      Nov 12, 1833    # 13??

Georgia           State of Georgia       $100    Apr 6, 1864       #19507

Indiana            Citizens Banking House     $2     July 1, 1857      # ??

Citizens Banking House     $3     July 1, 1857      #2929

Citizens Banking House     $5     July 1, 1857      #2658

Exchange Banking House   $3     Oct 27, 1819    # [none]

Louisiana         State of Louisiana    $100   Mar 10, 1863   # 2650   rev

Maryland         Somerset & Worcester Saving Bank   $2   Nov 1, 1862   # 1564

Michigan         Macomb Count Bank   $2   Apr 1, 1758   # 5203 & # 1958?

Tecumseh Bank           $1     No Date      # {none}

Mississippi       Mississppi Trasury Note   $100   Jan 8, 1862   # 2758

New Jersey      Union County Bank   $5   Sept —   # [none]

New York       Bulls Head Bank       $3        Aug 10, 1864   # 4042

City Trust & Bkng    $2M      Dec 21, 1839   # 5509

Clinton Bank             $100     Dec 2, 1839     # 9

Corp City Albany      10 ct.     July 17, 1862   # 676

Genessee Co. Bk.     $52.12   May 5, 1865     # 16896

Sherman & Barnee     25 ct     July 11, 1862   # [none]

N. Carolina      State of North Carolina   $1   Sept 1, 1862   #808

Ohio                Bank of Granville     $3   May 11, 1838   #7374

State Bank of Ohio   $1   July 7, 1861      #9131

Ohio Rail Road         $2    1845    No S#

S. Carolina      Cotton Planters Assoc   $5   May 15, 1862   # 415

Louisville Cincinnati & Charleston RR Co.  Remainder $1.75

Tennessee        Bank of Chattanooga   $2   Jan 4, 1863   # [none]

Texas               Treasury Warrant      $5      Oct 6, 1862  112586

United States, Bank of the      $10        Jan 23, 1834       646

$1000    Dec 15, 1840      8894

$1 Mil    Dec 25, 1840     711

Virginia           Virginia Treasury Note           $100    Oct 15, 1862   119, 2875

Bank of Rockbridge               $5        Jan 8, 1859      1692

Bank of North America          $1            Jan 30, 1862    #28

$1000       Jan 30, 1862    #22