What Are Some Rare $20 Bills?


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Some rare $20 bills include the demand note issued in 1861 during the Civil War and the bill issued by The Crocker National Bank of Turners Falls, Massachusetts, in the 1870s. The rarest $20 bill is the 1863 gold certificate, which sells for more than $100,000, as of 2015.

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Demand notes are the earliest type of paper money issued by the United States government. As $20 was a lot of money in the 1860s, not many people kept them, and most bills saw heavy circulation, so surviving bills from the period are rare. The $20 demand note of 1861 has green and black printing over white paper and features a lady in a toga holding a sword.

The $20 bill issued by The Crocker National Bank of Turners Falls circulated from 1872 to 1935. Although the bank issued more than $3 million in these bills, very few survived in excellent condition. The bank note depicts a scene from the Civil War and has a red seal.

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