All About United States Paper Money

Paper money began in the United States in 1861 at the start of the Civil War and was used to supplement the short supply of coins. These notes were supposed to be “emergency money” but this medium of exchange grew to become the dominant and the most popular form of money. Those early notes were […]
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Collecting United States Paper Money

Collecting paper money is a study rich in history and art. Below is a brief description of the major types of United States paper money that trade in the numismatic marketplace. One can specialize in one or more of these areas depending on budget and interest. Continental Currency 1775-1779 Paper money from the Revolutionary period was printed with […]
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United States Red Seal Notes

Currency with a red treasury seal and red serial numbers is one of the most curious types of money to be found in circulation. These notes are printed with the words “United States Note” in the scrollwork at the top center of the note. These notes, issued at a time when money was redeemable in […]
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Small Size Silver Certificates

One of the most often asked questions about paper money is about notes that are labeled “Silver Certificate.” These notes look similar to the standard bills that we see everyday except that the words “Silver Certificate” appear above the presidential portrait. Every type of currency has an Obligation printed on the note. An “Obligation” describes how that type of note may be […]
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National Currency

Backed by bonds deposited with the Federal Government, this kind of money says “National Currency” at the top center of the note. These notes were issued by banks who received a Charter from the United States government allowing them to issue money. The Government Printing Office printed these notes with the same design except for the name […]
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World War II Emergency Money

Yellow Seals, Hawaii Overprints & Experimentals During the North Africa Campaign in 1942, many United States troops were readying an attack on Europe from the South. All these troops were paid in cash. Fearing that the Germans could capture a large amount of this money, the United States Government designed special currency that could easily […]
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Who and What’s on Small Size Bills?

Current U.S. paper money has been in its present form since 1928. Do you know who’s on each of our bills? $1 has a portrait of George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States on the back $2 has a portrait of Thomas Jefferson with Monticello on the back $2 with the 1976 or 1995 series date […]
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