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1862-1890 | 1891-1899 | 1901-1934 | 1957-2009

 

 

United States Note 10 Dollars, 1901

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This note portrays Pablo, a bison symbolizing the strength and pioneer spirit in the American West. The portraits of Lewis and Clark were included to generate interest in the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition.

 

Lewis Lewis

 

United States Note 2 Dollars, 1917

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The front shows a portrait of Thomas Jefferson on the left and the U. S. Capitol at the center.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 3rd President of the United States 1801-1809

Jefferson was born into a prosperous Virginia family. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg at the age of 18. Later, he studied Law and was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1767. He was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Jefferson also served as the second Governor of Virginia 1779-1781, first United States Secretary of State 1789-1793, and second Vice President of the United States 1797-1801. He was elected President in 1801. During his administration, the Unites States bought Louisiana Territory from France.

Jefferson was an accomplished architect. He designed his famous home, Monticello, near Charlottesville, Virginia. After leaving the Presidency, he found and designed the University of Virginia.

 

Gold Certificate 10 Dollars, 1922

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This note, serial Number H10, was sold for $19,000 at Lyn Knight December 9, 2008 auction.

The front shows a portrait of Michael Hillegas (1729-1804), 1st Treasurer of the United States, 1776-1789

Courtesy Lyn Knight

 

Gold Certificate 20 Dollars, 1922

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Twenty Dollar Gold Certificates were issued in various series from March 3, 1863 (during the Civil War) to 1922 and all are inscribed as being payable in gold coin to bearer on demand (although the issues prior to 1882 were used almost exclusively for inter - bank and clearing house settlements of gold balances).

The Twenty Dollar Gold Certificates of the 1922 series are thought to be America's most vivid notes and depict George Washington engraved by Alfred Sealey on the face with a bright orange - gold (representing the gold coin they were exchangeable for) reverse showing the Great Seal of the U.S. (engraved by Robert Ponickau).

87,120,000 notes were originally issued, but only 1,200 have survived of which about 260 are in Uncirculated condition.

 

Federal Reserve Note 500 Dollars, 1934

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Front: William McKinley (1843-1901), 25th President of the United States 1897-1901

McKinley enlisted in the Union Army as a private at the start of the Civil War, and by 1865 was promoted to Major. After the war, he entered law school and was admitted to the bar in 1867. He later served as U. S. Congressman and Governor of Ohio. McKinley was elected President of the United States twice but he was assassinated during his second term in 1901.

Back: Five Hundred Dollars

Courtesy Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's American Currency Exhibit

 

Federal Reserve Note 1,000 Dollars, 1934

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Front: Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), 22nd (1885-1889) and 24th (1893-1897) President of the United States

Cleveland was trained as a lawyer and served as a sheriff in upstate New York. He was the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. In June 1886, Cleveland married 21-year-old Frances Folsom. He was the second president to be married while in office, and she was the youngest First Lady in the history of the U.S.

Back: One Thousand Dollars

Courtesy Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's American Currency Exhibit

 

Federal Reserve Note 5,000 Dollars, 1934

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Front: James Madison (1751-1836), 4th President of the United States 1809-1817

Madison was born in Virginia and graduated from the College of New Jersey (Princeton University). He served as Virginia State legislator 1776-79, delegate to the Continental Congress 1780-83, and Secretary of State 1801-1809. As a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 he led the fight for ratification of the constitution. For his efforts, he is regarded as the "Father of the Constitution".

Back: Five Thousand Dollars

Courtesy Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's American Currency Exhibit

 

Federal Reserve Note 10,000 Dollars, 1928

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Front: Salmon P. Chase (1808-1873), secretary of the treasury 1861-1864 and Chief Justice of the United States 1864-1873

This 10,000 Dollar Federal Reserve Note is the highest U. S. denomination ever issued for public circulation.

Back: Ten Thousand Dollars

Courtesy Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's American Currency Exhibit

 

Gold Certificate 100,000 Dollars, 1934

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Front: Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), 28th President of the United States 1913-1921

Wilson graduated from the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) and the University of Virginia Law School. He earned his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University and became a professor of political science and later president of Princeton in 1902. Wilson ran for President in 1912. He won by an overwhelming electoral vote but only 42 percent of the popular vote.

Back: One Hundred Thousand Dollars

Courtesy Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's American Currency Exhibit

 

This 100,000 Dollar Gold Certificate is the highest U. S. denomination. Only 42,000 were printed. They were used only for transactions between the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department. These notes were never issued for public circulation. When the Government stopped using them, most were destroyed.

Only a few are known to have survived. They are housed at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the Smithsonian Institute.

It's illegal for a private person to own one of these notes, and none has ever been in private hands. All 42,000 were accounted for.

I've received many letters, mostly from indonesia and the Philippines, claiming they have found bundles of these notes. Some enclosed photos and even "Certificates of Authenticity". Upon close examination, the notes appear to be poor quality counterfeits. Careful reading of the wordings of these certificates turns up to be nothing more than official looking nonsense.

 

Fake $100,000 Gold Certificate

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Fake Certificate of Authenticity

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1000 Fake $100,000 Gold Certificates
Serial No. A00036000A - A00036999A

1000 Fake $100,000 Gold Certificates

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However, if you are still convinced that what you have is real, then you must turn it over to the U. S. Department of Treasury. The note, never distributed to the public, remains the property of U. S. Government. Let's assume you have one, it's considered stolen property. It's illegal for you to keep or sell it.

1862-1890 | 1891-1899 | 1901-1934 | 1957-2009

Back to North America

Here is a nice chronological History of Money in America from 1400's to present. Thanks to Serena Castleton for suggesting the link.

United States, originally consisted of 13 former British colonies situated on the eastern coast of North America, declared independence in 1776. More states later joined the Union. By 1958 there were 48 states spanning the full breath of North America from Atlantic to Pacific oceans. In 1959 Alaska joined the Union as the 49th and Hawaii as the 50th state. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on United States.

 

 

 

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