5 Dollars, Silver Certificate, United States, 1896

Description (Brief):

One (1) 5 dollar note

Description (Brief)

United States, 1896

Description (Brief)

Obverse Image: Allegorical scene depicting Electricity as the dominant force in the world.

Description (Brief)

Obverse Text: THIS CERTIFIES THAT THERE HAVE BEEN DEPOSITED IN THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES FIVE SILVER DOLLARS PAYABLE TO THE BEARER ON DEMAND / FIVE / 5 / SERIES OF 1896 / SILVER CERTIFICATE / WASHINGTON, D.C. / ACT OF AUGUST 4, 1886 / REGISTER OF THE TREASURY / TREASURER OF THE UNITED STATES / 5054048 / D / BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND PRINTING.

Description (Brief)

Reverse Image: Portraits of Ulysses S. Grant and Philip Sheridan.

Description (Brief)

Reverse Text: UNITED STATES / SILVER CERTIFICATE / FIVE DOLLARS / THIS CERTIFICATE IS RECEIVABLE FOR CUSTOMS, TAXES AND ALL PUBLIC DEBTS, AND WHEN SO RECIEVED MAY BE REISSUED. BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING. / GRANT / SHERIDAN

The U.S. government released a series of silver certificates in 1896 with neoclassical designs. They are considered to be among the most beautiful American notes ever printed. These notes are often referred to as the “Educational Series.” The one dollar note depicts the allegorical figure of History instructing Youth. The two dollar note depicts the figure of Science presenting the children, Steam and Electricity, to the adults, Commerce and Manufacture. The figure of Electricity also appears on the five dollar note, but there she has matured into a powerful woman of influence.

Date Made: 1896

Depicted: Grant, Ulysses S.Sheridan, Philip H.Maker: Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United StatesAssociated Place: United States

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Related Publication: Feingold, Ellen R.. Value of Money, The

Credit Line: U. S. Department of the Treasury

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.78.5.589Accession Number: 1978.0941Serial Number: 5054048Catalog Number: 78.5.589

Object Name: note

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8.1 cm x 18.8 cm x .01 cm; 3 3/16 in x 7 13/32 in x in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746af-21bf-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1518970

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