5 Dollars, Silver Certificate, United States, 1896

5 Dollars, Silver Certificate, United States, 1896

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One (1) 5 dollar note
United States, 1896
Obverse Image: Allegorical scene depicting Electricity as the dominant force in the world.
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.
Reverse Image: Portraits of Ulysses S. Grant and Philip Sheridan.
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
Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
note
date made
1896
depicted
Grant, Ulysses S.
Sheridan, Philip H.
maker
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
place made
United States
Associated Place
United States
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
ID Number
NU.78.5.589
accession number
1978.0941
serial number
5054048
catalog number
78.5.589
Credit Line
U. S. Department of the Treasury
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