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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Starwood Hotels in Colorado are meeting places with a conscienceTravel Daily News International, March 7th
For example, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, which is Denver and Colorado's largest hotel, was recently ranked in the top 15 meeting places of the U.S, received the 2013 Silver Certificate from TripAdvisor.com for their new Green Leaders Program, ...Read more
In Basket: March 3, 2014Yakima Herald-Republic, March 3rd
The American Association of Feline Practitioners has awarded a silver certificate for cat-friendly practice to Dr. Michael Hays. Hays, of Terrace Heights Family Pet Clinic, was recognized for creating a positive practice environment for cats that...Read more
Calif. Couple Strike Gold with Buried TreasureDiscovery News, February 26th
Banks in various cities printed "promissory notes" in proportion to the national debt they underwrote. This $1 U.S. Silver Certificate measures over seven inches in length; a current U.S. $1 bill is about six inches. Courtesy of RMS Titanic, Inc., a...Read more
Geology department hosts chili cook-off competitionGrand Valley Lanthorn, February 23rd
Chilies may be submitted by students and professors and are judged in multiple categories including most popular chili, best overall chili, best student chili, silver certificate student chili, best vegetarian chili, most geological chili and spiciest...Read more
GLTC's new transfer center nearly completeLynchburg News and Advance, February 20th
Officials anticipate it will earn silver certificate status. Other improvements the new facility will offer include a break room, large meeting room and kitchenette for GLTC personnel. The meeting room will be used by GLTC's board, and could be rented...Read more
2nd letter in here XXDASDASStoke Sentinel, February 11th
My daughter, who is now 16 years of age, has achieved her bronze and silver certificate for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, through Staffordshire youth services. She has also been introduced to many activities including climbing, canoeing and kayaking...Read more