As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are temporarily closed. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on our website and social media.

1,000 Dollars, Legal Tender Note, United States, 1880

1,000 Dollars, Legal Tender Note, United States, 1880

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description
The U.S. Treasury issued this 1,000 dollar note around 1880. The center of the note features an inset portrait of DeWitt Clinton (1769–1828), who during his career served as mayor of New York City, governor of New York, and New York state senator. The note depicts explorer Christopher Columbus in his study at the left. The back shows the obligation and the Roman numeral M, for 1,000, with the text printed vertically on the left. DeWitt Clinton spent much of his tenure as governor urging development of a canal that would bridge the commercial markets between western Lake Erie and the eastern Hudson River. While critics called it “DeWitt’s Ditch,” the Erie Canal turned out to be a stroke of economic genius. It reduced the cost and risk of shipping goods and brought welcome revenue to New York City from canal toll fees. The New York politician’s prestige was so great that his likeness appeared on the 1,000 dollar note.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
note
date made
1880
depicted
Clinton, DeWitt
vignette
Columbus, Christopher
Register of the Treasury
Vernon, William Tecumseh
Treasurer of the United States
Treat, Charles Henry
maker
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Associated Place
United States
Physical Description
PAPER (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19.2 cm x 8.3 cm x.01 cm; 7 9/16 in x 3 9/32 in x in
ID Number
NU.78.5.226
accession number
1978.0941
catalog number
78.5.226
serial number
B10050
Credit Line
U. S. Department of the Treasury
See more items in
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
Legal Tender Notes
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission on our collection pages is temporarily unavailable. Please check back soon!

If you have a question or require a personal response, please visit our FAQ or contact page.