Graduation Present Recommendations

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by CoinBreaux, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. CoinBreaux

    CoinBreaux Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    My nephew, who also happens collect coins, graduated high school a few weeks ago. He mentioned to me in passing recently that he'd like to own currency as well. I know little regarding currency, so I was hoping y'all could steer me in the right direction. Does anyone have recommendations for XF/AU 19th or early 20th century US currency that could be found for less than 500?

    Much appreciated,

    Coin Breaux
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    No idea on currency, but I gotta say, I'd like to be your nephew :)
  4. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    Me too. :)
  5. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    Why not put together a small-size set of the different seal colors? (gold, blue, red, green, brown) Should be doable for not too much, so long as you go for the lower denominations.
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  6. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Supporter! Supporter

    A black eagle silver certificate would be an excellent choice. You could also get a decently nice $1 1896 educational for that amount I believe.

    Quick edit, I was wrong on the educational for XF or better. But you can get an unc. Black eagle for that. You might even be able to get one in unc. 64 for 500, but definitely 63 EPQ. That would probably be my pick. Always a classic.

    Also, unc. Fractional currency is usually pretty reasonable too.
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  7. ewomack

    ewomack Senior Member Supporter

    You could probably get a decent XF - AU "Black Eagle" note for around $500 - one even better than the one shown below:


    (Kazuma78 and I apparently had the same idea at the same time :D)
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  8. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    The 1914 $50 Federal Reserve Note would be a great choice, in my opinion. However, different signature and bank combinations might fall outside of your price range. Nonetheless, an attractive and evenly circulated note shouldn’t be all that hard to find within your budget, such as this example from eBay.

    Edit: However, if condition in the XF/AU range is of the utmost importance. I’d highly suggest considering a small-size National Bank Note of some sort as many high-grade examples can be had for less than $500.

    Last edited: Jul 13, 2020
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  9. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    I think you can put together a nice gift of US currency for that amount. Let's see what some of our experts say. @SteveInTampa, @mpcusa, others.
  10. mpcusa

    mpcusa "Official C.T. TROLL SWEEPER"

    There are really to many to list, but I think your nephew would like something that
    is certified, you can get something nice in the $500 range I would recommend
    Minimum of A/U , there very eye appealing and a lot less expensive then gem
    if you could give me some additional parameters, I would be more then happy
    in helping you choose something nice.
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  11. SteveInTampa

    SteveInTampa Always Learning

    Maybe find a nice large-size National from the city he was born.
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  12. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Depends on what he is into. Someone into early US history you can get one or two nice Continental Currency's.

    I like the group idea. One each nice Continental, Confederate note, a couple fractional currency, and one or two large sized notes.

    That way he has an example of each to see what trips his trigger. No one knows what they like until they have it. Even though I collect ancients, I still pick up historically interesting pieces like Colonial and Confederate notes at times.
  13. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Steve's post made me think about a "birthday note" with either his birthdate, or the date of graduation. I would think that would be a great reminder for him.
  14. USS656

    USS656 Here to Learn Supporter

    1923 $1 (large size) silver certificate can easily be bought for a reasonable price.
  15. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    There's always Currency from the Confederacy if he's into the Civil War. They are know as CSA Notes.
  16. Dr Kegg

    Dr Kegg Star Note Fanatic

    Personally, I think that if you are taking a stab in the dark and don't know what exactly he would like, you go one of two routes:

    1) Make a folder with a lot of different examples of notes. Fed Reserve, Fractional, Confederate, Large-Size, etc. You can get a lot of those examples in VF for the amount you were looking to spend.

    2) You get the best example of the coolest looking note you can find. For $500 I recommend a XF 1907 $5 Woodchopper, a Fine 1899 $5 Silver Cert Chief, or a 1922 $20 Gold Certificate. But if you can find a more obscure note for the price, go for it!
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