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U.S. Paper Money

A United States Note, known as a Legal Tender Note, is a type of paper money that was issued from 1862 to 1971. They were known popularly as "greenbacks" in their heyday, a name inherited from the earlier greenbacks, the Demand Notes, that they replaced in 1862. They were originally issued directly into circulation by the U.S. Treasury to pay expenses incurred by the Union during the American Civil War.
Prior to the American Civil War, state banks also issued their own banknotes and chartered private banks to issue banknotes as well.
Federal Reserve Bank Notes, issued 1915–1934, differ from Federal Reserve Notes in that they are backed by one of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks, rather than by all collectively. The authority of the Federal Reserve Banks to issue notes comes from the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Legally, they are liabilities of the Federal Reserve Banks and obligations of the United States government. Although not issued by the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve Notes carry the (engraved) signature of the Treasurer of the United States and the United States Secretary of the Treasury.
The Emergency Banking Act of 1933 removed the gold obligation and authorized the Treasury to satisfy these redemption demands with current notes of equal face value (effectively making change). Under the Bretton Woods system, although citizens could not possess gold, the federal government continued to maintain a stable international gold price.
This system ended with the Nixon Shock of 1971. Present-day Federal Reserve Notes are not backed by convertibility to any specific commodity, but only by the collateral assets that Federal Reserve Banks post in order to obtain them.
Two Dollars Bill, 1866
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Two Dollars 1928

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

One Hundred Dollars 1966

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Five Dollars 1953

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Five Dollars 1953

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Two Dollars 1953

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Five Dollars 1928

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Two Dollars 1928

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

One Dollar 1928

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Ten Dollars 1923

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Ten Dollars 1923

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

One Dollar 1923

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Ten Dollar Bill 1901, Bizon

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Five Hundred Dollars, 1880

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Five Hundred Dollars, 1880, Joseph King Mansfield

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Twenty Dollars Note, 1880, Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Ten Dollars, 1880, Daniel Webster Congressman and Senator, and Secretary of State

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Five Dollars Bill, 1880

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Five Dollars Bill, 1880

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Two Dollars Bill, 1880

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

One Dollar Bill, 1880

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Ten Dollars Bill, 1869

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Five Dollars Bill, 1869

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

One Dollar Bill, 1869

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Two Dollars Bill, 1866

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

One Dollar Bill, 1866

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

One Dollars Bill, 1866

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Twenty Dollars Bill, 1862

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Twenty Dollars "Liberty" Bill, 1862

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Ten Dollars Bill, 1862

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Ten Dollars Bill, 1862

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Five Dollars Bill, 1862

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Five Dollars Bill, 1862

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Two Dollars Bill, 1862

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

One Dollar Bill, 1862

Banknotes of United States Notes, also known as the Legal Tender Notes were printed in the years 1862-1971. Their second unofficial name was "green" (green back).

Twenty Dollars, Silver Certificate, 1886

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

Twenty Dollars, Silver Certificate, 1886

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

Ten Dollars, Silver Certificate, 1886

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

Ten Dollars, Silver Certificate, 1886

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

Five Dollar, Silver Certificate, 1886

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

Five Dollars, Silver Certificate, 1886

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

Two Dollars, Silver Certificate, 1886

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

Two Dollars, Silver Certificate, 1886

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

One Dollar, Silver Certificate, 1886

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

Twenty Dollars, Silver Certificate, 1878

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

Twenty Dollars, Silver Certificate, 1878

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

Ten Dollars, Silver Certificate, 1878

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

Ten Dollars, Silver Certificate, 1878

Money based on the silver standard was introduced after law by Congress in 1878. The Act Bland Allison Act introduced a provision that the Treasurer of the United States is obliged to purchase a certain amount ... more

100,000 Gold Certificate Banknote -Woodrow Wilson

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

100,000 Gold Certificate Banknote -Woodrow Wilson

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

One Hundred Gold Certificate Banknote, 1934

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

One Thousand Gold Certificate Banknote, 1934

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

One Thousand Gold Certificate Banknote, 1928

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Five Hundred Gold Certificate Banknote, 1928

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Five Hundred Gold Certificate Banknote, 1928

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

One Hundred Gold Certificate Banknote, 1928

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

One Hundred Gold Certificate Banknote, 1928

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Fifty Dollars Gold Certificate Banknote, 1928

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Twenty Dollars Gold Certificate Banknote, 1928

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Ten Dollars Gold Certificate Banknote, 1928

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

One Hundred Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1922

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

One Hundred Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1922

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Fifty Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1922

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Fifty Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1922

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Twenty Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1922

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Ten Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1922

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Twenty Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1905

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Twenty Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1905

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Ten Thousand Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1915

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Five Hundreds Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1882

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Five Hundreds Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1882

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

One Hundred Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1882

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Fifty Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1882

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Fifty Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1882

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

Twenty Dollars Gold Coin Certificate Banknote, 1882

Banknotes Gold Certificate has been authorized under the Act in 1863 and went into production two years later in 1865. It is a kind of form of paper money (certificate) confirming that the holder is entitled to... more

One Hundreds Dollars Bill, 2004-present

Federal Reserve Notes are the only type of notes that are currently being produced to this day. The first series of banknotes was established in 1914 pursuant to the Act in 1913 the Federal Reserve System.