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Commonly Asked Questions About Old $50 Bills

Why Don’t I See My $50 Bill In Your Guide?: If you have a colonial, obsolete, or Confederate States of America $50 bill then our guide won’t be of much help. There are just too many varieties out there to include the most obscure issues. Many of them also aren’t tremendously valuable. We also don’t feature any $50 bills printed after 1930. They traditionally don’t have any collector value.

What Different Types of Fifty Dollar Bills Were Issued?: The United States issued interest bearing notes, compound interest bearing notes, legal tenders, national bank notes, silver certificates, treasury notes, gold certificates, federal reserve notes, and federal reserve bank notes.

What Is The Most Money A Rare $50 Bill Has Sold For?: Some of the rarest and most desirable $50 bank notes can sell for more than $100,000. The bad news is that you aren’t likely to find many discovery notes like that. The traditional rarities have been in advanced collections for decades.

What Are The Rare $50 Bill Varieties I Should Look For?: Unfortunately, you really aren’t going to be able to “cherry-pick” a large sized $50 note from a dealer or collector. If you have something rare like that then you are probably going to investigate it and correctly price it. Your best bet is to be on the lookout for star notes and notes that might be undergraded. However, there are certainly plenty of rare varieties. Click on a picture in the above guide to learn about specific rarities.

What Is The Most Common Large Size Fifty Dollar Bill?: The most common large size $50 bill is the blue seal 1914 Federal Reserve note. The same notes are also dated as December 1913. Red seals were also issued for the same year, but they are worth many times more money. For the record, many 1922 $50 gold certificates are also quite common in circulated condition.

What Is The Most Popular $50 Bill?: There isn’t one single $50 bill that is universally considered the most popular. There are really only a couple of design types that are affordable to the average collector. The 1891 $50 treasury note might be the most iconic. Sadly, these rare bank notes just don’t get enough exposure to have much of a following. With that said, 1914 $50 stars and red seals certainly command as much attention as any other notes of the denomination.

Which Antique $50 Bill Has The Most Upside?: We don’t ever advise buying collectible currency for the sole purpose of financial gain. The idea is to collect something you love, and if it goes up in value then that is a nice bonus. We personally feel like a lot of notes from the 1800s have a lot of room to increase in value, but the ones that are worth buying are already very valuable.

What Is The Most Counterfeited Old $50 Bill?: You should be highly skeptical of any $50 bank note from the 1860s. That was the heyday for counterfeiting. You are much more likely to see a counterfeit $50 first charter national bank note than you are to see an authentic one. Interest bearing notes, compound interest bearing notes, and legal tender fifties issued prior to 1870 are all suspect. It is not very difficult to determine if you have a fake. Just send pictures to us and we can tell you if your note bank note is real and what it is worth.

Does Having A Sheet Of Fifty Dollar Bills Add Value?: Simply put, any sheet of $50 bills is rare. That does not apply to modern (post 1950) $50 sheets that are sold by The Bureau of Engraving and Printing as collectors’ items. You are unlikely to ever see any uncut sheets of antique $50 bank notes. However, once in a blue moon you do see national bank note sheets with the fifty dollar notes still attached. A sheet is definitely worth more than the sum of the parts.

What Is A Misprinted $50 Bill Worth?: Desirable misprints on $50 bills are few and far between. You have to remember that $50 bank notes are printed much less frequently than $1 bills. For example, if a $1 misprint sells for $200, the same misprint on a $50 bank note would probably sell for $600. Minor and uninteresting errors are still just going to have a small premium over face value, just like any other denomination.

What Is A Fifty Dollar Star Note?: Star notes were first used on $50 bills starting with the series of 1913 gold certificates. They are still being issued today. “Star note” is a collector term for a replacement note. Star notes were issued into circulation to replace misprinted money that was destroyed by The Bureau of Engraving and Printing. A star note has a serial number that begins or ends with a star symbol instead of a letter. Modern $50 bills have a star as part of the actual design. Don’t get that design element confused with a replacement star.