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Obsolete denominations of United States currency

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Obsolete denominations of United States currency

The United States has produced several coins and banknotes of its dollar which no longer circulate or have been disused. Some, like the half-cent coin were removed due to inflation reducing their value while others such as the two-cent and twenty-cent coins were removed due to being too similar in value to other denominations.

Treasury Notes

The U.S. Dollar has numerous discontinued denominations, particularly high denomination bills, issued before and in 1934. These bills ceased production in the 1940s, and were recalled in 1969. However, like discontinued coins, the bills are still legal tender.

The $100,000 bill featuring a portrait of Woodrow Wilson was only printed in 1934, and was only used for internal government transactions.

The United States also issued fractional currency for a brief time in the 1860s and 1870s.These are:

  • 3 cent note
  • 5 cent note
  • 10 cent note
  • 15 cent note
  • 25 cent note
  • 50 cent note


Discontinued coin denominations include:

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