Thursday, February 21, 2008

Non-George U. S. $1 Bills

Everybody knows George Washington is on the face of the one-dollar bills. But that was not always the case. In fact, the first $1 bills issued by the Federal Government in 1862 carried the portrait of Salmon P. Chase. It was not until 1869 that the portrait of George Washington was first used on the $1 bills.

Non-George $1 Bills - These notes as a group are known as large size notes because in 1929, the size of all U. S. notes was reduced to about 2/3 of its former size.

United States Note (also known as Legal Tender Note) Series 1862 - Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury 1861-1864

Silver Certificate Series 1886 and 1891 – Martha Washington, wife of the President

Treasury Note (also known as Coin Note) Series 1890 and 1891 – Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War 1862-1868

Silver Certificate (also known as Educational series) Series 1896 – Allegorical figures of Woman and Child.

Silver Certificate Series 1899 – American eagle

Are they beautiful? Regret to say that today's U. S. notes are, in my opinion, so ugly.

You can view my entire bank note collection at Tom Chao’s Paper Money Gallery

1 comment:

Paper Money Collecting said...

It just goes to show, that you learn something new everyday. This means that the US $1 dollar bill has gone through a varied transformation over the years. Size reduction, several portrait changes, and then the security watermark features and color changes which have taken place in recent years. The eagle on the bill makes me wonder how long has this bird been routed in American history and why?