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 Gold and Silver Mine: There's a variety of opportunities for currency ...
Shore News Today, July 26th

For example a Silver Certificate will have a blue seal, a Gold Certificate a gold seal, a Federal Reserve Note a green seal and so on. I also mentioned star notes, that is notes that have stars printed before or after their serial number indicating...Read more

Littleton students' Women on 20s campaign gets a twist
Wicked Local Littleton, July 24th

The last time a woman appeared on American paper currency was when Martha Washington was on the $1 silver certificate in 1896 along with her husband George. By 2020, there will be a female image on U.S. paper currency, but who that will be remains ...Read more

Letter: Government not based on religion
Evansville Courier & Press, July 23rd

The later phrase was added to the one dollar silver certificate, also in the "Cold War" era, in 1957. It was not an expression of a government informed by the Christian religion. No less than George Washington said, "We have abundant reason to rejoice...Read more

Littleton students' 'Women on 20s' campaign gets a twist
Wicked Local Littleton, July 22nd

The last time a woman appeared on American paper currency was when Martha Washington was on the $1 silver certificate in 1896 along with her husband George. By 2020, there will be a female image on U.S. paper currency, but who that will be remains ...Read more

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