Ten Dollar Bank of the United States Note, 1840s

This ten dollar note was issued by the Bank of the United States in 1831 in Philadelphia and it reads "The President of the Bank of the United States promises to pay C.S. Towell or bearer on demand ten dollars.” Although made of paper this is not cash, it actually represents a promise to pay a debt. In addition to script and images that represent the Republic this private bank note is also adorned with the signature of Nicholas Biddle, then president of the Bank of United States.
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Object Name
paper money
date made
ca 1830
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 70 mm x 175 mm; 2 3/4 in x 6 7/8 in
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Chase Manhattan Bank
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