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Greenbacks

The first greenbacks were paper money produced by the United States during the Civil War as “US Notes”, and ultimately used until 1996, when United States Notes were replaced by Federal Reserve Notes.

Greenbacks were paper money produced by the United States during the Civil War. The first greenbacks printed were called “Demand Notes”, and were produced in 5, 10 and 20 dollar denominations, and were used tp pay expenses in the Civil War, as well as the salaries of government workers and the military. Then in 1862 the First Legal Tender Act was passed, and the treasury produced and circulated $150,000,000 of the first United States Notes. However, unlike previous gold and silver certificates for which the bearer could demand payment in gold or silver, US Notes were the first legal tender backed solely by the authority and  reliability of the United States government.

But when the government offered to convert greebacks to gold or silver in 1879, there was little response from US citizens, marking the turning point when US Notes were considered “as good as gold”.

Green ink has been so widely available, stable, and not prone to fading, that the public has come to equate the green bills with stability, so US Notes have retained their green coloring to this day.

While the last printing of United States Notes occurred in 1971, they have been continued to be used until 1996, which is when United States Notes were replaced by Federal Reserve Notes, after the United States Treasury publicized the fact that its stock of $100 US Notes had been destroyed.

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10-Dollar Gold Certificate
While the first gold certificates were produced in the 1860’s, the $10 certificate was only made in 1907 and 1922. Furthermore, the size of the $10 Gold Certificate was reduced in size in 1928 from the large format to the size of our current...
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1899 1-Dollar Silver Note
Also referred to as a “eagle note” or “black eagle note”, this is one of the first US currencies to feature the American Eagle instead of President George Washington.
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1923 1-Dollar Silver Certificate
This is a genuine George Washington Silver Dollar Certificate minted in 1923, when the bearer could present the certificate and ask for sliver on demand. Signed by Speelman & White.
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1928 20-Dollar Gold Certificate
Series of 1928 $20 gold certificates are the second most common denomination in the 1928 gold certificate series. While a well preserved 1928 $20 Gold Certificate with low circulation can fetch as much as $75, an uncirculated certificate can com...
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20-Dollar Gold Certificate
While the first gold certificates were produced in the 1860’s, the $20 certificate was only made in 1907 and 1922. Furthermore, the size of the $20 Gold Certificate was reduced in size in 1928 from the large format to the size of our current...
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Fractional Currency
This fractional currency was produced by the American Bank Note Company of New York on March 3 of 1863, and featured a female bust. This currency was also accepted as payment for US stamps.
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Series 481 Military Payment Certificate
Series 481 military payment certificates were put into circulation on 6/20/51, then were redeemed and devalued on 5/25/54. Jointly produced by Forbes Lithograph and Both Tudor Press, these were the first Military Payment Certificates (MPCs) that u...
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