Many of El Salvador's Finest Specimen & Proof Banknotes


The government of El Salvador began issuing banknotes in 1877, and the central bank issued two series of beautiful notes in 1934 and 1938.  The most striking notes, however, were issued by the country’s eight commercial banks during the years 1880 through 1931.  These specialized banknotes has outstanding vignettes and made use of strong colors.  Some of the commercial bank releases from five of the banks had validation overprints on the verso.  The principal printer for all of El Salvador's banknotes was NYC-based American Bank Note Company.


PMG’s world banknote population report shows that most of the early notes from El Salvador are scarce.  A great number of the notes have only a single note graded, and a high percentage of the graded notes are specimens and proofs.


Below you will find scans of some of the banknotes from El Salvador.  To view the beautiful banknotes from El Salvador that we presently have for sale or trade, please click on the link displayed in the box below.


We remain on the lookout for high-grade specimen, proof, and issued world banknotes.  It would be a plus if your notes were PMG certified to facilitate the grading process.


The banknotes from El Salvador that we offer for sale are HERE.


If you wish to purchase one or more items, please send us an email (  We will confirm the sale and ship upon clearance of your payment.  We accept checks, money orders, and PayPal®, but we are not equipped to accept credit cards other than through PayPal®.


Each item includes all shipping fees to U.S. destinations.  Foreign sales must be shipped by FedEx or other service that includes shipment tracking, and such cost is to be borne by the foreign buyer.  Foreign buyers are also responsible for any customs duties or other charges added by the destination.




Examples of Trophy-Grade World Banknotes - El Salvador

(The notes below are not for sale; follow the link in the box above to view notes from El Salvador that we offer for sale.)



























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