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Old One Hundred Dollar Bill Value & Price Guide

Old One Hundred Dollar Bills

Our guide has all the information you need to know about old one hundred dollar bills.

All United States currency printed before 1928 was considerably larger than paper money is today. One hundred dollar bills were always relatively scarce prior to 1928. When the size of paper money changed many large size notes were redeemed by people who were afraid that they would eventually be devalued. Today all large size one hundred bills, especially those issued before 1910, are quite scarce. There are lots of different varieties out there. You need to do your research and homework before you decide to sell. Our guide has pictures and value information for the major design types. Consult the guide to learn if you have a note worth $500 or $50,000.

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One Hundred Dollar Bank Notes

One hundred dollars represents a good bit of money today. Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s it was a tremendous amount of money and could represent several months' worth of wages. If you were lucky enough to ever own a single $100 bill then you were probably well off. You also have to remember that paper money wasn't really collected until the middle of the 20th century. There was no incentive to save $100 bank notes just because. Most of the notes that survive today were preserved by accident as parts of forgotten cash hoard or bank reserves. In fact some notes are rare enough that even if you were willing to pay a full retail price it could still be years between chances to purchase them. Not every antique $100 bill is going to produce a windfall of cash. Click on the pictures in the guide below to learn more about the value and rarity of each bank note.

General Information About Old $100 Bills:

All collectible $100 bills are valued based on their rarity and condition. There can be a significant range in what two seemingly similar notes are worth. Sometimes the serial number can also be a factor. Serial numbers under 100 are popular as are notes that have a star symbol in the serial number. Many antique $100 bank notes are rare enough on their own accord that other factors will do little to help the value. There are not many people who exclusively collect one hundred dollar bills. For example, it would cost more than a million dollars if you wanted to assemble a complete type set as we have shown in our guide above. Most collectors are happy to have one or two rare examples in their collections.

Our FAQ guide addresses some of the misconceptions about old and modern $100 bills. Please don't hesitate to contact us for any reason.

Commonly Asked Questions About Old $100 Bills:

Why Don't I See My $100 Bill In Your Guide?: We are only including federally issued $100 bills that were printed by The United States between 1861 and 1929. So that does not include Confederate States of America money. It does not include any earlier bank notes from obsolete banks or from the colonies. One hundred dollar bills printed after 1930 have virtually no chance of being collectible, so we did not include them either.

What Is The Most Common Large Size One Hundred Dollar Bill?: Federal reserve notes from 1914 are actually relatively common. We are specifically referring to the blue seal variety. These are available for a few hundred dollars each in circulated condition. Some 1902 blue national bank notes and some 1922 $100 gold certificates are also worth less than $1,000 in circulated condition. There are rare varieties for each of the three types we listed above. Definitely have us look at your bank note before trying to determine its value on your own.

What Is The Most Counterfeited Old $100 Bill?: You are most likely to see counterfeit $100 compound interest bearing treasury notes and counterfeit $100 national bank notes from 1882 and earlier. Those bank notes were faked at the original time of circulation. Other notes could certainly be counterfeited as well. Most other counterfeits you see are going to be modern photocopies that are not especially deceptive.

What Is A Misprinted $100 Bill Worth?: The drawback to $100 errors is that they are worth $100 no matter what. Minor errors don't sell for much more than the face value. One hundred dollar bills are also printed by the tens of millions, so errors happen relatively frequently. To answer the question though, the value of a $100 error is based on the severity of the error. Good ones sell for several hundred dollars or more. Contact us for details.

What Is A One Hundred Dollar Star Note?: If your $100 bill has a serial number that begins or ends with a hollow star symbol then you have a replacement note. These are especially collectible if they are from 1914, 1922, 1928, or 1929. Star notes are valued based on the issuing district of the bank note. For example, a 1928 $100 star from Atlanta could be worth $2,000. The same note from Chicago might only be worth $300. You have to work with an expert to establish the correct value in today's market.

What Different Types of One Hundred Dollar Bills Were Issued?: Our guide covers interest bearing notes, compound interest bearing notes, legal tenders, silver certificates, gold certificates, treasury notes, federal reserve notes, federal reserve bank notes, and national currency. As you can see, there are many different ways to collect and many specialties to focus on.

What Is The Most Money A Rare $100 Bill Has Sold For?: A rare $100 gold certificate from the 1860s recently sold for 2.1 million dollars! There are a handful of other notes that can be worth between $100,000 and $500,000. Those price points represent the top .01% of the market. The vast majority of old $100 bills have no chance to be worth that kind of money.

What Is The Most Popular Antique $100 Bill?: If price was not an issue and collectors could pick any $100 bill they want, then odds are the 1890 $100 treasury note would be the most popular. It is called a "Watermelon" note. It has probably received the most press for the denomination. We personally really like 1878 $100 silver certificates and 1914 $100 red seals.

When Will "Small Face" 100s Become Collectible? Unfortunately, small face hundreds printed between 1934 and 1993 have a long uphill battle before they become worth more than $100. We advise our customers to spend them. Billions of them were printed and millions still exist. There is absolutely no demand for them on the market today.


We buy all $100 bills printed before 1923. We also buy star notes from 1928 and 1929. We think you will find our buy prices fair and up to date with where the current market is for rare bank notes. Contact us today to receive a free appraisal and our best offer.

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