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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World Cement, October 8th

PCI Augsburg GmbH has received a silver certificate for industrial facilities from The German Sustainable Building Council for its site in Augsburg. The certificate was awarded on 6 October 2015 at the DGNB stand at the EXPO REAL trade fair in Munich...Read more

Chinese provincial note with silver dollars realizes about $24000
Coin World, October 2nd

Among the most popular icons of United States currency is the Series of 1886 $5 silver certificate, colloquially known as the “Silver Dollar Back” because of the five Morgan silver dollars adorning its back. Close to a thousand of these notes have been ...Read more

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Sherman Denison Herald Democrat, October 1st

Center to collect monetary donations for sight conservation projects. The next zone meeting is Oct. 15. The club meets at noon every Wednesday at Golden Corral in Sherman. Lowell Larson auctioned off a 1923 silver certificate which had been donated...Read more

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Northwest Herald, September 28th

Villalobos-Flores testified Michael Romano came into the store after 2 a.m. that night to buy a pack of cigarettes and a coffee using a $5 silver certificate. Assistant State's Attorney John Gibbons repeatedly asked Villalobos-Flores what was said in...Read more

County students perform well on WorkKeys tests, district says
Island Packet, September 23rd

Sixty-nine percent of Beaufort County 11th-graders earned a Silver certificate or higher, compared to 63 percent of 11th-graders statewide. Beaufort County tied for 12th among South Carolina's 86 school districts in the percentage of 11th-graders...Read more

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The Series 1933 $10 silver certificate (Friedberg 1700), the most eagerly anticipated of the 671 lots offered at the floor session of the Stack's Bowers Galleries Baltimore paper money auction on July 16, didn't just break all previous records — it...Read more

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Silver certificate among Titanic pieces on display. The $1 Silver Certificate shown here is part of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium's "Titantic: The Artifact Exhibition" that runs May 23-Sept. 7...Read more

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