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Value of 1886 $1 Silver Certificates

Year: 1886
Type: Silver Certificate
Denomination: One Dollar Bill
Portrait: Martha Washington

Old $1 silver certificate bill with Martha Washington's face on it from 1886

Description: The first one dollar silver certificate was printed by the United States in 1886. This bill looks almost identical to the later date 1891 $1 silver certificate; we wrote a price guide you can see if you want more information. We would love to see what you have, please contact us by email or phone today.

The 1886 $1 silver certificates have Martha Washington on the left-hand side of the bill. This was the first, and the only year, the United States ever issued a female portrait on a Federally-issued banknote. As seen below, these bills have blue serial number ink and a red seal on the right side of the note.

Sometimes they come with brown seal ink and different sizes and styles. These Martha notes have seven different varieties depending on the signature combinations and seal types and colors.

1886 $1 Silver Certificate Value

1886 $1 Silver Certificate Value

Value: The value of 1886 one dollar silver certificates is based upon condition, signature combination, and seal type. If you’re not sure which type you have, we would be glad to help. These bills are often worth $75. However, we have paid over $725 for higher-grade examples.

While 1886 $1 silver certificates are more common, there are better condition examples continually becoming available. If you are fortunate to own a piece of history like this, we want to hear about it and help you with your decision about this bill.

If you want to talk to us about it, or are interested in selling the bill, please contact us today.


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