10 Cents, Fractional Currency, United States, ca 1874

10 Cents, Fractional Currency, United States, ca 1874

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One (1) 10 cent modified note
United States, ca 1874
Obverse Image: Man with nightgown and glasses drawn on him.
Obverse Text: FRACTIONAL CURRENCY / 10 / UNITED STATES / X CENTS / I / SERIES OF 1874 / 42 / WILLIAM M. MERE / ENGRAVED AND PRINTED AT THE BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING / TREASURER / REGISTER
Reverse Image: Geometric design in green ink.
Reverse Text: FRACTIONAL CURRENCY / TEN CENTS / ACT OF JUNE 30TH 1864 / COLUMBIAN BANK NOTE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C. / X / THIS NOTE IS EXCHANGEABLE FOR UNITED STATES NOTES BY THE ASSISTANT TREASURERS AND DESIGNATED DEPOSITARIES OF THE UNITED STATES IN SUMS NOT LESS THAN THREE DOLLARS. RECEIVABLE IN PAYMENT OF ALL DUES TO THE UNITED STATES LESS THAN FIVE DOLLARS, EXCEPT CUSTOMS.
Description
Portraits on paper notes are easy targets for satire. This example of fractional currency, a paper note worth less than one dollar, features the portrait of William M. Meredith, secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1849 to 1850. With ink pen, Meredith has been transformed into a less dignified figure.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
modified note
fractional currency
date made
ca 1874
maker
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
place made
United States
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5.4 cm x 8.3 cm x.01 cm; 2 1/8 in x 3 9/32 in x in
ID Number
NU.79.112.CM01831C.03
accession number
1979.1263
catalog number
79.112.CM01831C.03
Credit Line
The Chase Manhattan Bank
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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