About 1957 One Dollar Silver Certificates
The 1957 one-dollar silver certificate was the first U.S. paper money to bear the motto "In God We Trust," and it went into circulation Oct. 1, 1957. A one-dollar silver certificate is still just a dollar, but the right one to the right collector may be worth a little more. Unfortunately, silver certificates have not been negotiable for silver since 1968. Both certificates and reserve notes are legal tender, but neither has the backing of precious metals. Silver certificates, also called "blue seal notes," are easy to spot because of the blue seal and serial number. The value collectors can expect to pay for a 1957A one-dollar silver certificate depends largely on its condition and any errors or special markings. A "star note" has a star in the serial number that shows that the bill replaced a damaged note. These are rarer, as are uncirculated notes, and may demand a higher price. Although the 1957 one-dollar note is extremely common, it is a good choice for beginning numismatic enthusiasts, and it is particularly easy for children to acquire for a budding collection. You can find a wide range of collectible currency on eBay, including bank notes and coins from around the world.