How Much Are Old $100 Bills Worth?
Value of Old One Hundred Dollar Bills
Most people approach us with an old $100 bill thinking they’ve just hit the jackpot. While this is sometimes the case, most of the time it’s not. It’s strange, you’d think a bill from the 1800s would always be more valuable than one from the 1900s. We’ve paid thousands of dollars for a 1970s $100 bill with a rare serial number, and a few bucks for an old $100 bill from the 1800s. It really all depends on multiple factors we go over in this guide. Don’t let that discourage you, though. Contact us with a clear image if you think you have something rare.
Determining the value of an old one hundred dollar bill can’t be done with a google search, you must get a paper money expert involved. Old $100 bills dated 1928 and later were only printed in three different seal colors: Green, Gold, Brown, and Red.
Values & Pricing
There are a few areas you need to focus on when determining the value of old one hundred dollar bills.
Condition: I’ve paid $105 for an old beat-up one hundred dollar bill that, if in perfect condition, I would have paid over $3,500 for. Condition is key when dealing with any collectible.
Popularity: For one reason or another, some old one hundred dollar bills are simply worth more due to popularity. People may be willing to spend more money on a bill that’s popular regardless if they are common and in poor condition.
Rarity: Unfortunately, you cannot be told to “Google it” when it comes to the rarity of your $100 bill. Rarity is based on the number known to exist and the number printed. The rarer your old one hundred dollar bill is, the higher the chance it’s worth more money.
Market: This ties in with rarity. You could have the rarest 1853 $100 bill in the world but if there’s no demand in the market, it won’t be worth much. With how small the currency collectible community can be at times, some old bills aren’t worth as much as we’d like to imagine.
Provenance: This factor isn’t common but a $100 bill that was part of a famous persons’ collection should bring more value, simply for that fact. It’s good to know this typically only matters with lower value items. An old rare $100 bill in a mint condition worth $40,000 will probably not add much more value if it was part of a famous person collection.
Serial Number: This is one of my favorite value-determining factors. If you look at the first $100 bill picture on this page, you’ll notice the serial number: A00000001A also known as Serial Number 1. This factor alone will heavily impact value in a positive way. Another example would be if the serial number was A00001991A might be important for a person born in 1991. Some people like solid serial numbers like A88888888A as number 8 is also considered lucky in many cultures.
If you have questions about your old $100 bill and are interested in selling it to us, or simply want to know its value, we would be happy to give our expert opinion on its value.
Find Your Old One Hundred Dollar Bill
All the old $100 bills shown in this guide are small size bills with Benjamin Franklin’s portrait at the center. Many people approach us with $100 bills asking us for our opinion. We love dealing with the public and buying old $100 bills for our collection!
Fifty dollar bills were printed in different types:
- Green Seal Federal Reserve Notes
- Gold Seal Gold Certificate Notes
- Brown Seal National Bank Notes
- Red Seal Legal Tender Notes
When trying to determine the value for an old $100 bill, it’s important to remember condition is always a very important factor to consider. However, there are instances where regardless of the condition your bill will be worth a lot of money. It honestly comes down to the combination of factors that determine value. If you don’t want to spend time learning, we understand. Contact us today and we’ll give you an answer right away.
$100 Green Seal Federal Reserve Notes (1928 – Present)
The note pictured above is what collectors call a green seal “numeral type” federal reserve note. Numeral, meaning number, because of the number located on the left side of the bill. If you pick a note out of your purse or wallet and look at it, you won’t see that number there. This is specific to the 1928 series banknotes, for every denomination.
Small size gold certificate bills are some of my favorite type of notes to collect. What makes them so unique is before 1934 you were able to take one of these bills to a local bank and exchange it for its equal value in gold at the time. These are typically worth $250 to $500, but we’ve paid thousands if the grade deems fit.
All small size, like pictured above, national bank notes will have brown seals and serial numbers. The value of these notes relies heavily on the state and issuing bank. Sometimes these notes can be worth $120, other times they’ll be worth thousands.
The red seal and serial numbers on legal tender notes is something that always appeals to collectors. However, these are surprisingly common. We are typically buying these for about $120 in for average condition examples.
Still can’t find your old $100 bill? Check out our full $100 value and price guide.
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