The first Silver Certificates were printed in 1878 in response to Western silver-mining interests, who were unhappy about the U.S. gold standard. They wanted silver coins, but they got the next best thing—bills redeemable in silver stored in government vaults.

The late 19th-century Silver Certificates are some of the most beautiful bank notes ever produced by the U.S. government. The so-called educational notes are particularly handsome. They include a $1 bill from 1896 with "History Instructing Youth" on the front and portraits of Martha and George Washington on the back, as well as a $2 bill from the same year with "Science Presenting Steam and Electricity to Science and Industry" on the front and portraits of inventors Robert Fulton and Samuel Morse on the back.

In 1899 the popular "Chief Onepapa" $5 was produced followed by a hiatus until 1923, when a $5 Lincoln was issued. In 1928, Silver Certificates shrunk in size a bit like all U.S. currency, and Silver Certificates were printed until 1935. In the 1940s and 1950s, most bills were taken out of circulation and shredded. The bill was briefly revived in 1957, but by 1964 the redemption of Silver Certificates for actual silver had ended.

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The Hill (blog), July 30th

President Obama slammed the House GOP lawsuit and touted the economy in a Kansas City speech Wednesday, but he also weighed in on another issue — putting women on U.S. currency. In summarizing a sampling of letters sent to the White House, ...Read more

July 29, 2014 Community Happenings
Sitka Daily Sentinel, July 29th

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United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Challenges.
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Albany Democrat Herald, July 23rd

Reddan's 35-member Concert choir finished fourth in the Musica Contemporanea category, earning a silver certificate. Reddan said the choirs qualified for the world event during a contest held in Las Vegas, Nevada, two years ago. They could have...Read more

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