10 Dollars, Demand Note, United States, 1861

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Description (Brief)
One (1) 10 dollar note
United States, 1861
Obverse Image: Portrait bust of Abraham Lincoln at the left. Eagle with shield and motto in center. Liberty at right, holding a palette, brushes, and a canvas or board
Obverse Text: AMERICAN BANKNOTE CO. NEW YORK / WASHINGTON AUGUST 10TH, 1861. / A / 10 / ON DEMAND, THE UNITED STATES PROMISE TO PAY TO THE BEARER TEN DOLLARS / PATENTED 30 JUNE 1857. / NO. 42821 / PAYABLE BY THE ASST. TREASURER OF THE U.S. AT PHILADA. / RECEIVABLE IN PAYMENT OF ALL PUBLIC DUES
Reverse Image: One star in a circle at each of the four corners. "Wallpaper" of X's.
Reverse Text: TEN DOLLARS / UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / X / 10 / TEN
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
date made
1861
depicted
Lincoln, Abraham
maker
American Bank Note Company
place made
United States
Payable at U.S. Treasury in
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Associated Place
United States
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
ID Number
NU.78.5.747
accession number
1978.0941
catalog number
78.5.747
serial number
42821
Credit Line
U. S. Department of the Treasury
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Demand Notes
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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