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Value of $50 Legal Tender Notes

Years: 1862, 1863, 1869, 1874, 1875, 1878, 1880
Denomination: Fifty Dollar Bills
Type: Legal Tender Bill (United States Note)

What’s my Fifty Dollar Legal Tender Worth?

$50 Legal Tender red seal notes can be worth a lot of money depending on numerous factors we go over in this old money guide. As you can see, fifty dollar Legal Tenders were printed for 6 different years: 1862, 1863, 1869, 1874, 1875, 1878, and 1880. All $50 Legal Tender Bills are Large Size, meaning much larger than those found in a wallet or purse today.

Almost all Legal Tender notes will come with a red seal and serial number ink. This is one of the easiest ways to quickly distinguish these notes, as well as them says “United States Note” somewhere on the bill. As you can see from the pictures above these are all very beautiful banknotes.

Determining the value of your old $50 Legal Tender will depend on many factors we list below, however, typically these banknotes are worth anywhere between $400 and over $2,100. None of these Legal Tenders are particularly common, but the one we see the most is easily the 1880 $50 Legal Tender

If you’re unsure how much your Legal Tender is worth, contact us today and we’ll respond within 24 hours with how much your bill is worth along with our best offer, no obligations.

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The first and arguably most important factor is supply and demand. Typically with most Legal Tenders, the older the bills had smaller print runs than later issues, meaning less supply and oftentimes more demand. I’ve purchased bills from the late 1700s with incredibly low supply thinking the low supply would equate to high demand only to find this wasn’t the case.

One of the many reasons why Legal Tenders have the demand they do is because of their history. These $50 Legal Tenders were once fully redeemable at banks for their value in currency. This means even today you could bring a $50 Legal Tender to a grocery store and spend it, although I highly advise against it as these are now collectibles worth much more than their face value.

Something many people don’t take into consideration is rare serial numbers. If you’re unsure what a rare or fancy serial number is, check out this guide we wrote on fancies to learn more. A fancy serial number can dramatically increase the value of a banknote, regardless of type or condition.

Condition is a pivotal factor when trying to figure out how much your $50 Legal Tender is worth. Beat up Legal Tenders from 1878 (AKA Benjamin Franklin Bill) are typically worth $300 to $750, while pristine uncirculated examples will fetch over $1,050 at times. Condition really is King and should be taken seriously when trying to determine the value of a bill. Contact us if you’re unsure how to grade your Legal Tender as we have decades of experience in this area.

The final factor in determining the value of your $50 Legal Tender is the market. The market has a strong impact on how much a bill is going to be worth. Just like any market, the market for collectible paper money is constantly in flux. One of the most detrimental moments I’ve experienced while collecting and dealing with paper money was during the housing crash of 2008. The market for old banknotes nearly cut in half, as this collectible was not desirable at the time.

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