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- Large Size Silver Certificates -

-- Series of 1886 --


-- Series of 1891 --



-- Educational Series of 1896 --

The original plan was to eventually have this type of artistic and educational design used on all denominations of silver certificates from the one dollar to the one thousand dollar note. The $1, $2 and $5 denominations were printed and released.The plates for a $10 note were engraved but notes were never issued as the Act of Congress of August 4, 1886 did not authorized them.

The names of 23 famous Americans frame the allegorical figures of History instructing Youth, on the face. Illustrated are the city of Washington as it appeared over 100 years ago, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building and the first two pages of the Constitution as an open book. A factory with its smokestack appears, illustrating America’s pride in manufacturing.
George and Martha Washington appear on the reverse.


A mature “Science" presents youthful “Steam” and “Electricity” to Commerce and Manufacture, also represented by mature ladies. This note was considered somewhat risque in its time. This design was originally planned to be used on the $50 note.
Robert Fulton (American artist, engineer and inventor) and Samuel Morse (American painter and inventor) appear on the reverse.


The central winged allegorical figure of Electricity Presenting Light to the World appears as the primary theme of the note‘s obverse. Jupiter, at left, rides his steeds with thunderbolts. Fame, at lower center, blows her trumpet and Peace, with a dove, appears at the right. The Capitol Building and the White House appear in the background.
On the reverse appear Union soldiers Grant and Sheridan.

The proposed design for the 1897 $10 note entitled "Agriculture and Forestry".


-- Series of 1899 --



In 1868 the Chief Running Antelope penned his signature on the "Treaty of Fort Laramie with the Sioux". He received a medal featuring President Andrew Johnson for this and four years later was invited to Washington to meet the president. It was at this visit that he sat for famed photographer "Alexander Gardner" who took photos, both a full face and a profile shot.

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Click here to view the full-face shot used on the note.

In this photograph he was ONLY wearing three feathers in his hair, fur braid wraps, and dentalium earrings, and holding a wing fan and a piece pipe. Very interesting, look at the note and you'll see he's wearing a medal, the very medal (featuring President Johnson) that he received for signing the 1868 Treaty. While the portrait is labeled Onepapa, it is incorrect, his tribe was ONCPAPA pronounced Hunkpapa. Chief died in 1896 and never saw the printed notes since the engraving was not completed until Jan. 7, 1900. Production of the notes ran from 1900 to 1926.

-- Series of 1908 --


-- Series of 1923 --



- Small Size Silver Certificates -

-- Series of 1928 --


-- Series of 1934 --




-- Series of 1935 --




-- Series of 1957 --