Karl Shreve And there were $4.00 bill, $7.00 bills. After 1860 or '61 the U.S. mint was established to regulate the printing of money. No longer could Banks, cities and states print thier own money. And private citizens couldn't strike thier own coins. ( However, If you have such a coin dated in the 18th or 19th century. The Smithsonian would LOVE to get they're hands on it. Some are so rare that there value is priceless. )
Steve Adams Hobo Nickels: The heyday of hobo nickels was back in the 1930s, used as a way to pass the time during the Great Depression. Some of the original coins still exist today, while the practice itself has survived into modern times; ironically making some nickels worth hundreds of dollars.