So… I often wondered, what is the largest bill? Lets do some digging.
I remember always hearing about the $10,000 dollar bill but I never really knew if they were real or just a rumor. As is turns out they are real and are a very valuable collectors item. In addition they also printed a a $500 dollar bill, a $1,000 dollar bill, and a $5,000 dollar bill. Below you will find some more pictures and information (including their approximate value).
Production of notes larger than $100 dollars were printed up until 1946 at which point they were discontinued. There are about 350 outstanding $10,000 dollar bills today. The vast majority are series 1934 Federal Reserve Notes, and all but about 10 or so are either 1928 or 1934 Federal Reserve Notes. The oldest known is an 1882 gold certificate. Most of these super rare bills are in museums while the rest have been redeemed and destroyed.
All these notes (from $500 to $10,000) are legal tender and may be found in circulation today; however, most notes still in circulation are probably in the hands of private numismatic dealers and collectors. If you are interested in purchasing these larger denominations, it is suggested that you contact private dealers or collectors who are usually listed in the classified section of the telephone directory under the headings of ?Coins? and ?Hobbies.?
The $1,000 dollar bill is a bit more prevalent but still a highly sought after collectors item. These bills were printed from 1918 to 1934 and appear to sell for between $2,000 and $4,000 on eBay. In fact you can bid on a $1,000 bill on eBay right now!
Below are some more pictures of the large denomination bills:
This $500 dollar bill is from 1918 and contains a Portrait of John Marshall with vignetteon the back of DeSoto Discovering the Mississippi in 1541
Here is a $1,000 dollar bill from 1918
Here is a $5,000 dollar bill from 1918 featuring James Madison on the front and a vignette on the back of Washington Resigning his Commission.
Lastly, here is the back of the $10,000 bill featuring Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury (1861-1864) and the back has a vignette of the Embarkation of the Pilgrims.