South Carolina Obsolete Notes By: Austin M. Sheheen, Jr.


The book South Carolina Obsolete Notes by Austin M. Sheheen, Jr. is an 80 page paperback booklet. Page 3 has a table of contents to make it easy to find the bank one is looking for. It uses a 15 point scale for rarities with a rarity of 15 being reserved for notes with 3 or fewer known to exist.

The notes are given catalog numbers based on their location in the book beginning with a value of 1 for a $5 South Carolina Revenue Bond Scrip from 1872 (shown below) up to a value of 414, indicating that only 414 notes are listed in the book.

$5 State Of South Carolina (1872)
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Image Contribution: Handini

This book has been reprinted in recent years so it should not be too difficult to locate a copy.

6 comments:

  1. Iam trying to find the money that was made at Charleston South Carolina have a 5 dollar bill that looks to be either 1857 or 1850 cant find a value or picture of it no where

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    1. There were several different banks that operated in Charleston. If you let me know the name of the bank, denomination, and if there are any overprints (usually red, green or blue in color) I would be able to help you with identifying it better, along with its rarity.

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  2. I have a 20 dollar bill that has been past down though the family since 1802 from the South Carolina Farmers & Exhange Bank of charleston. The hand written number on the Bill is No 767 and was issued on July 4th 1802. Does anybody have any information about a bill this old. Considering the age i would say the bill is in excellent shape. The bill in completely intact with very little tears (very small wear on the edges.

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    1. The Farmer's And Exchange Bank of Charleston, SC was chartered on December 16, 1852. They issued denominations in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Your $20 note should have two XX's at the bottom with a portrait of Washington on the lower right and a vignette with Palmetto trees in foreground on the lower left. The top right and left of the note should have 20 with each side drawn differently.

      I'm guessing that your note is probably dated July 4, 1853 and peradventure the way the 5 and 3 were handwritten on it rendered the 5 looking like a 0 and the 3 looking like a 2.

      According to Sheheen, it has a rarity of 3, on the 15 point scale used in the book so it is more scarce than the $5 and $10 notes from this bank but still common compared to the two $50 notes and two $100 notes they issued.

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  3. Are the Bank of the State of South Carolina, the Bank of South Carolina, and the State Bank of South Carolina different banks?

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  4. i have a $20.00 note but it is dated august 4th 1953 and #318 can anyone tell me the rarity of this. also in the right corner has FLA in blue
    email is twelvevoltjim@gmail.com thank you for your help

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