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20 Dollars, Legal Tender Note, United States, 1880

20 Dollars, Legal Tender Note, United States, 1880

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One (1) 20 dollar note
United States, 1880
Obverse Image: On the left portrait of Alexander Hamilton facing right. On the right, Victory portrayed as a woman holding a sword and shield.
Obverse Text: LEGAL TENDER FOR TWENTY DOLLARS / SERIES OF 1880. / ENGRAVED & PRINTED AT THE BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING. / 20 / THE UNITED STATES WILL PAY TO BEARER TWENTY DOLLARS / WASHINGTON, D.C. / Z246205 / A 1 / A / ACT OF MARCH 3D. 1863 / HAMILTON / REGISTER OF THE TREASURY / TREASURER OF THE UNITED STATES / THESAUR / AMER / SEPTENT / SIGIL / UNITED STATES NOTE
Reverse Image: Geometric patterns.
Reverse Text: TWENTY DOLLARS / US / XX / 20 / UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. / COLUMBIAN BANK NOTE CO / WASHINGTON D.C. / THIS NOTE IS A LEGAL TENDER AT ITS FACE VALUE FOR ALL DEBTS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE, EXCEPT DUTIES ON IMPORTS AND INTEREST ON THE PUBLIC DEBT. COUNTERFEITING OR ALTERING THIS NOTE OR PASSING ANY COUNTERFEIT OR ALTERATION OF IT, OR HAVING IN POSSESSION ANY FALSE OR COUNTERFEIT PLATE OR IMPRESSION OF IT OR ANY PAPER MADE IN IMITATION OF THE PAPER ON WHICH IT IS PRINTED IS FELONY, AND IS PUNISHABLE BY FIVE THOUSAND ($5,000) DOLLARS FINE, OR FIFTEEN (15) YEARS IMPRISONMENT AT HARD LABOR OR BOTH. / SERIES OF 1880. / PRINTED AT THE BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
note
date made
1880
maker
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
place made
United States
Associated Place
United States
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 cm x 18.9 cm x.01 cm; 3 5/32 in x 7 7/16 in x in
ID Number
NU.78.5.188
catalog number
78.5.188
accession number
1978.0941
serial number
Z246205
Credit Line
U. S. Department of the Treasury
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Data Source
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