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.