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Hope you don't mind me asking a few closely related questions...
An older edition of "US Paper Money" lists (but does not price) a Series 1933-A $10 silver certificate as having survived, but later editions say nothing of any 1933-A notes having survived.  Did one survive?  And if so what has become of it (if that's known)?
Are any 1928-A gold certificates of any denomination or 1953-C $5 silver certificates known to have survived, even if only as museum specimens?
What has become of the 1934 orange-backed gold certificates?  Apart from the handful of known museum specimens and the like, are the rest still in some vault somewhere or have they been destroyed/cancelled (as were early all the $100 United States notes)?

In many cases the notes you are asking about are at the smithsonian as specimens.  None are known in private collections to my knowledge.  However, should one ever be found it would likely be illegal to own, as the notes were never issued for circulation.

In the past three years a unique small size note has been discovered, and it is controversial but it probably is the most important note issued after 1928.  It is a series of 1934 $1 silver certificate but it has the overprint from the series of 1928.  It got a new Friedberg number, 1605a.  When it comes to rare money for the time period, there might not be anything else out there that you can legally own that is any better.

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I can answer any question relating to valuing US Currency. My specialty is national currency, large-size currency, and small size issues between 1928 and 1957. Many bank notes have variables that can make two seemingly identical notes have very different values. That is why it is so important to work with an expert. I also work with rare Canadian banknotes as well as some foreign currency (mostly British Commonwealth countries). I have participated either as a buyer or seller in more than 500 different coin auctions.


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