US Gold Certificates
The first Gold Certificates, which were literally "as good as gold," were authorized in 1863 but not printed until 1865. Their use at the time was exclusively for transactions between banks; a general-circulation Gold Certificate came along in 1882. As works of engraved art, Gold Certificates are right up there with their Silver Certificate cousins—some would say they are even more beautiful. Some of the most striking characteristics about...