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Value of $5,000 Legal Tender Notes

Year: 1878
Denomination: Five Thousand Dollar Bills
Type: Legal Tender Bill (United States Note)
Picture of 1878 $5000 Legal Tender

What’s my Five Thousand Dollar Legal Tender Worth?

$5,000 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, Five Thousand dollar Legal Tenders were printed for series 1878. All High Denomination five thousand dollar Legal Tenders are Large Size bills. If you’re lucky enough to come across one, it will likely look very similar to the one above, or it will be fake.

A genuine example, fully issued, would be worth a lot of money. Being able to determine its authenticity can be done by a paper money expert.

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 $5,000 Legal Tenders were never fully issued, meaning they never hit the public hands. This means today if you came across one of these high denomination five thousand dollar bills, it would be extremely rare and valuable.

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 $5,000 Legal Tender is worth. Regardless of condition, these bills will all be worth at least $20,000. 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 $5,000 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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