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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OP-ED: The Patriarchal Dollar
The Horn (blog), August 17th

However, these dollar coin designs are no longer being made, while some are still being circulated. In 1896, Martha Washington, the wife of first president George Washington, appeared on the face of the $1 Silver Certificate, and on the back of this...Read more

Moroccan Student Recognized for Her Outstanding Achievement in UK Math ...
Morocco World News, August 12th

Fez – Moroccan student Souhaila Hayyat from Bishop David Brown School in London received the Silver Award for her outstanding performance at the 2014 UK Junior Mathematical Challenge. The Moroccan student received a Silver Certificate from the UK ...Read more

Editorial: LBCC choirs hit the right notes on world stage
Corvallis Gazette Times, August 5th

And that wasn't the only hardware the LBCC singers won in Latvia: The 35-member concert choir finished fourth in the contemporary music category, earning a silver certificate. Making the victory sweeter was the fact that the LBCC contingent was the...Read more

More women on US currency? President has that power
Shreveport Times, August 4th

dollar coin beginning in 1999; and Helen Keller, a pioneer for disabled rights, on the reverse of the 2003 Alabama quarter. There has been only one woman on U.S. paper currency: First lady Martha Washington appeared on the $1 silver certificate in...Read more

Featuring More Women On U.S. Currency
WFMY News 2, August 4th

on the reverse of the 2003 Alabama quarter. There has been only one woman on U.S. paper currency: First lady Martha Washington appeared on the $1 silver certificate in 1886, 1891 and 1896. 220 CONNECT 4 TWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE...Read more

Editorial: Singing the praises of LBCC's choirs
Albany Democrat Herald, July 31st

And that wasn't the only hardware the LBCC singers won in Latvia: The 35-member concert choir finished fourth in the contemporary music category, earning a silver certificate. Making the victory sweeter was the fact that the LBCC contingent was the...Read more

Women on paper money? 'Pretty good idea,' Obama says
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

In RI, web-driven Historical Hunt starts Sunday
The Providence Journal, July 25th

“All the prizes are currencies, historical U.S. paper money dating to 1823 and older,” Ghirlanda said. Someone won a silver certificate worth $600 a couple of years ago. He hasn't determined yet what the prize will be for the hunt beginning Sunday. His...Read more