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

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
paper money
note
date made
1861
depicted
Lincoln, Abraham
maker
American Bank Note Company
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
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
1978.0941.0747
accession number
1978.0941
catalog number
78.5.747
serial number
42821
subject
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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