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Value of a 100 Year Old Money Order

I have a money order left to me by my mother. It has never been cashed and it's 125 years old. Amazing! Is it worth anything?
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July 3, 20180 found this helpful

Hi! Neat-o find!

If this is a USPS money order, they don't expire (so you could cash it)...or at least that has always been my understanding and this website says the same:

firstquarterfinance.com/.../

It costs money to cash it as detailed in the article (the USPS can give you today's fees).

For paper value (ephemera), unless it were really unusual (like before Alaska or Hawaii were states or had a famous person's info), they are averaging around $1.99 (selling price + whatever the buyer pays for postage). See this sample of a similar SOLD item:

www.ebay.com/.../263580558938?hash=item3d5ea0265a...

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July 3, 20180 found this helpful

Since the USPS is still in business, the order should still be good

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July 3, 20180 found this helpful

This appears to be an International money order - neat that you still have it. The face value (amount on the paper) with the post office is what it is worth as far as the post office is concerned.
But - it has to be your name on the money order to be able to cash it.

  • There would not be a fee to cash the money order. the post office charges a fee if a money order has been stolen or lost or "mangled" and needs to be replaced but that is not this case.
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  • It looks like this money order was purchased in Chicago, IL, and was intended to be sent to a foreign country.
  • The only way your money order may be more valuable would be if you found a collector that invested in this type of paraphernalia.
  • You might try getting some information from one of these sites. You may have to join a forum but that is usually not a big deal. If you cannot find any topic that sounds like yours just ask your question on any link and someone will send it to the best forum. The second link is for an appraisal as this may help you know more about your find.
  • forums.moneysavingexpert.com/usercp.php
  • oldcurrencyvalues.com/.../
  • I think you should take it to your local post office and see what reaction they have. Just do not give it up until you know for sure that it is worth only the face value.
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July 3, 20180 found this helpful

I would do a search on Google putting all the info. in to find its worth.

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Also go on eBay and see if there is an interest in selling "old" paper money as a collectors item.

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July 5, 20180 found this helpful

IF IT HAS NO EXPIRY DATE ON IT ,IT IS ONLY WORTH WHAT YOUR MOM PAID FOR.

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