1917 One Dollar United States Note (Legal Tender) Rating


The Series 1917 One Dollar United States Note (Legal Tender) is the fourth example of the four-major types of this design series. The four designs are the 1869, 1874-1878, 1880 and the 1917. This series is less cluttered than the designs that proceeded it. The seal was moved to the left of Washington’s portrait and to the right of the Columbus’ discovery of America vignette.

1917 One Dollar United States Note (Legal Tender) Distrubution By Variety

All the notes in the series have the same small red seal and are dated 1917. The five varieties are all dependent on the signature variations. Compared to early series in this note design is the cleanest with lots of white space on the front.

1917 One Dollar United States Note (Legal Tender) Distrubution By Grade

Almost a billion of the notes were printed and approximately 17,500 have survived. Because such large numbers have survived, this note is one of the most common large notes available today. As a result, prices are very reasonable in all grades. The notes are readily available in both circulated and uncirculated conditions. Nice circulated examples cost a couple hundred dollars and uncirculated examples cost about $400 and up. This is a good starter note for those new to large notes and we have included it in Notetopia’s List of Beginner Large Notes.

1917 One Dollar United States Note (Legal Tender) Values

Star notes were introduced in 1917. Star notes have a star at the end of the serial number and represents a replacement note. Replacement notes represent a note that replaces an earlier note that was destroyed because of a printing or cutting errors. They are much rarer than standard notes and much more expensive. Less than one thousand 1917 star notes have survived making them much rarer that the standard notes. However, in the world of large notes this a relatively common note. Nice circulated examples can be had for $300-$500 and nice uncirculated examples cost a couple of thousand dollars.

1917 One Dollar United States (Legal Tender) Star Note Values

Mule notes were also introduced in 1917. Mule notes refer to the placement of the plate number location on the back. The strict definition of a mule for this note is a little complicated. However, all you need to know is that they are only available for the Elliott-White and the Speelman-White signature combinations. If the plate number is on the bottom of the white area on the right side of the back of the note just above the “LL” in “DOLLAR” it is a mule note. The picture above is not a mule note. Notice that plate number is on the right and towards the bottom of the white area.

Around one thousand mule notes have survived. Prices tend to be a little higher for mule notes but the difference is not very significant. Collectors generally don’t put a big premium for mule notes. Finally, there are star-mule combinations. These notes are much rarer and we don’t have enough data to produce a good estimate of values, so prices are omitted. Expect to pay a significant premium for a star-mule combination over the price of a standard star note.

1917 One Dollar United States (Legal Tender) Mule Note Values