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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7 women the US Treasury plans to honor not named Harriet Tubman
Salon, April 29th

Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt will join King on the back of the $5 bill. The last time a woman was featured on a paper note was in 1886, when first lady Martha Washington was honored on the $1 silver certificate. The first woman was Pocahontas, ...Read more

Remarkable women, remarkable role models
Lake Placid News, April 28th

According to The New York Times, "Tubman would be the first woman so honored on paper currency since Martha Washington's portrait briefly graced the $1 silver certificate in the late 19th century." Now that's progress, and it's a great way to say...Read more

Cut clutter on new currency
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, April 28th

Women have been a rarity on U.S. paper money, making appearances more than a century ago when Martha Washington briefly adorned a dollar silver certificate (1891-1896) and Pocahontas was on the $20 (1865-1869). Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea ...Read more

'Business Is Warfare' News, April 27th

Some of you young people may not be aware, but elders like myself: This paper money we use today used to be called a “silver certificate.” It would say on the bottom, “Pay to the bearer on demand $50 insilver.” The real money. This currency of today is...Read more

Yeovil College Science student wins silver certificate in the UK Chemistry ...
Western Gazette, April 27th

A Yeovil College Science student won a silver certificate in the UK Chemistry Olympiad competition on April 12 at the college campus in Yeovil. Erin Lee, 19, from South Korea, studies A Level Biology and Chemistry at Yeovil College. Competing against...Read more

Harriet Tubman To Replace President Andrew Jackson On The $20 Bill
DOGOnews, April 26th

The last female represented on U.S. notes was Martha Washington, who appeared on the $1 silver certificate from 1886 to 1957, when the certificates were discontinued. Tubman, who was selected by popular vote, faced fierce competition from powerful ...Read more

Hamilton stays on $10 bill; Tubman goes on $20
Lasentinel, April 21st

The last woman featured on U.S. paper money was Martha Washington, who was on a dollar silver certificate from 1891 to 1896. The only other woman ever featured on U.S. paper money was Pocahontas, from 1865 to 1869. Susan B. Anthony and ...Read more

Radisson receives EarthCheck Silver Certificate
Himalayan Times, April 14th

KATHMANDU: Radisson Hotel Kathmandu has been awarded the Silver Certification by EarthCheck — a leading environmental management, benchmarking and certification company in travel and tourism industry sector. The certification, that was awarded to ...Read more