10 Dollars, Paper Currency "Greenback", American Bank Note Company, 1861

This ten-dollar “greenback,” given this name because of the fraud-deterrent green ink on the back of the bill, features Abraham Lincoln and was redeemable for coinage. Demand notes, like this one, were released in August 1861, the first time government paper money was issued since the Revolutionary War. Although this money was distributed by the government, it was made by the American Bank Note Company, the same company that produced private bank notes.
Currently not on view
Object Name
paper money
date made
Lincoln, Abraham
American Bank Note Company
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 8 cm x 18.5 cm x .1 cm; 3 5/32 in x 7 9/32 in x 1/32 in
place made
United States
Payable at U.S. Treasury in
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
serial number
Civil War
Coins, Currency and Medals
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Department of Treasury
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