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The Series 1882 Gold Certificate

Series 1882 Gold Certificates came in fine denominations and many seal color variations. In general, If you are wondering what your bill is worth it will come down to condition, seal color and denomination. The higher the denomination the higher the value. Brown seal notes are more valuable than red seals and high grade is always very desirable. In the pictures below, notice how the front of the notes in this series are relatively plain. The backs are another story. The vivid orange and beautiful vignettes really standout. The $20, $50 and $100 notes are always available and not terribly espensive. The $500 notes are pretty hard to come by and mostly bring five figures. The $1000 is a very rare note and very few are known outside Federal collections.

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Series 1882 $20.00 Gold Certificate. Series 1882 $20 Gold Certificate

The 1882 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate comes in several signature combinations, the one shown is by far the most common. This bill was issued with three different seal varieties. Small red seal, brown seal and large brown seal. This note only came in four signature combinations. Bruce-Gilfillan with a hand signed countersignature is the rarest. Any brown colored seal on an 1882 $20 Gold Certificate is a better note and deserves an estimate. The most common seal color is the small red seal with over 600 known to survive. A range of values for this note would be from $200 for a rag to $15000 for a Gem with a brown seal.


Series 1882 $50.00 Gold Certificate. Series 1882 $50 Gold Certificate

The Series 1882 $50 Gold Certificate is another note that is common in most configurations. This fifty dollar bill was issued in nine signature combinations of varying rarity. One is unknown. These bills also came in four seal colors and sizes. The brown seal and large red seal are the most valuable. The small red seal is the most common. An 1882 fifty dollar gold certificate with a brown seal is going to be a five figure note if the condition is passable and much higher if the condition is above average. If you own a series 1882 $50 and are wondering if you have a rare one, let me know!
Send a scan of the note and I can tell you where yours falls on the rarity scale and what it's worth


Series 1882 $100.00 Gold Certificate. Series 1882 $100 Gold Certificate

The Series 1882 $100 Gold Certificate is another note that is common in most configurations. The earlier brown seal notes are the most valuable but all high grade notes are going to bring high dollar values. The small red seal 1882 $100 with Teehee-Burke signature combination is the most common issue. These notes have a beautiful and artistic gold eagle on the reverse which makes them a hit with collectors. Send a scan of the note and I can tell you where yours falls on the rarity scale and what it's worth.


Series 1882 $500.00 Gold Certificate. Series 1882 $500 Gold Certificate

The 1882 $500 Dollar Gold Certificate is where the rarity in the series starts to really come into play. There are less than 150 of these bills known to have survived, probably because $500 in 1882 was such an enormous sum that people didn't have the luxury of having so much cash laying around in a safe. This note isn't common in any seal configuration with only about 60 notes known in the most common variety. The early brown seals in the 1882 $500 are almost uncollectible as they are so rare. Almost any 1882 $500 dollar bill is going to be worth a five figure value and it's easy for the brown seal notes to be worth over a couple hundred thousand dollars. If you have one of these please send a picture. These are very desirable and you will be happy to hear the value.


Series 1882 $1000.00 Gold Certificate. Series 1882 $1000 Gold Certificate

Finally, the Series 1882 $1000 Dollar Bill. One of the rarest varietys of thousand dollar bills, this note is a stunner when looked upon for the first time. There are very few examples of these in private hands. For the entire series 1882 $1000 bill there are less than thirty examples known to exist and of those fully ten of them are residing in the Treasury Department or Federal Reserve Collections. If you own one of these 1882 $1000 Gold Certificates, please send a picture so I can add it to my page here. I will quote you a value on this and I am sure it will make your year. There are few sales recorded for this series but the ones I could find were all in the 90,000 to 1,000,000 range.

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