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Have You Ever Seen A Bill Like This?

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I have been a cashier for a long time and I have never had someone give me one of these before.

I actually called my boss over because someone was paying me in these about 10 bucks worth and I wasn't sure if they were real since I had never seen them before. So I called him over and he OK'ed it.

Then I mentioned them to a friend and he said he collects them so I bought them from my drawer for him.

Have you ever seen these? They are in bad shape but still neat nonetheless.

This is a normal dollar bill for comparison.

Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 23, 2014 at 9:22 AM
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by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 23, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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I may be off today but that looks like a regular bill to me.
by Gold Member on Mar. 23, 2014 at 9:24 AM
Yes, I've seen a dollar bill before.
*ETA* The silver certificates can be worth a lot if they're in mint condition. Just for fun:
Silver certificates are a type of representative money issued between 1878 and 1964 in the United States as part of its circulation of paper currency.[1]They were produced in response to silver agitationby citizens who were angered by the Fourth Coinage Act, which had effectively placed the United States on a gold standard.[2] The certificates were initially redeemable for their face value of silver dollar coinsand later (for one year – 24 June 1967 to 24 June 1968) in raw silver bullion.[1] Since 1968 they have been redeemable only in Federal Reserve Notes and are thus obsolete, but still valid legal tender.[1]

Large-size silver certificates (1878 to 1923)[nb 1]were issued initially in denominations from $10 to $1,000 (in 1878 and 1880)[4][5] and in 1886 the $1, $2, and $5 were authorized.[5][6] In 1928, all United States bank notes were re-designed and the size reduced.[7] The small-size silver certificate (1928-1964) was only issued in denominations of $1, $5, and $10.[8] The complete type set below is part of the National Numismatic Collection at theSmithsonian’s National Museum of American History.


The Coinage Act of 1873 intentionally[9][10] omitted language authorizing the coinage of “standard”[2]silver dollars[11] and ended the bimetallicstandard[12] that had been created by Alexander Hamilton.[13][nb 2] While the Coinage Act of 1873 stopped production of silver dollars, it was the 1874 adoption of Section 3568 of the Revised Statutesthat actually removed legal tender status from silver certificates in the payment of debts exceeding five dollars.[15] By 1875 business interests invested in silver (e.g., Western banks, mining companies) wanted the bimetallic standard restored. People began to refer to the passage of the Act as theCrime of '73. Prompted by a sharp decline in the value of silver in 1876, Congressional representatives from Nevada and Colorado, states responsible for over 40% of the world’s silver yield in the 1870s and 1880s,[16] began lobbying for change. Further public agitation for silver use was driven by fear that there was not enough money in the community.[17] Members of Congress claimed ignorance that the 1873 law would lead to the demonetization of silver,[18] despite having had three years to review the bill prior to enacting it to law.[19] Some blamed the passage of the Act on a number of external factors including a conspiracy involving foreign investors and government conspirators.[11] In response, the Bland–Allison Act, as it came to be known, was passed by Congress (over a Presidential veto)[20] on 28 February 1878. It did not provide for the "free and unlimited coinage of silver" demanded by Western miners, but it did require the United States Treasury to purchase between $2 million and $4 million of silver bullion per month[21][22] from mining companies in the West, to be minted into coins.[nb 3]

Large-size silver certificates

The first silver certificates (Series 1878) were issued in denominations of $10 through $1,000. [nb 4]Reception by financial institutions was cautious.[25]While more convenient and less bulky than dollar coins, the silver certificate was not accepted for all transactions.[26] The Bland–Allison Act established that they were “receivable for customs, taxes, and all public dues,”[20] and could be included in bank reserves,[22] but silver certificates were not explicitly considered legal tender for private interactions (i.e., between individuals).[22] Congress used the National Banking Act of 12 July 1882 to clarify the legal tender status of silver certificates[27] by clearly authorizing them to be included in the lawful reserves of national banks.[28] A general appropriations act of 4 August 1886 authorized the issue of $1, $2, and $5 silver certificates.[6][29] The introduction of low-denomination currency (as denominations of U.S. Notes under $5 were put on hold) greatly increased circulation.[30] Over the 12-year lifespan of the Bland–Allison Act, the United States government would receive a seigniorageamounting to roughly $68 million (between $3 and $9 million per year),[31] while absorbing over 60% of U.S. silver production.[31]

Small-size silver certificates

Treasury Secretary Franklin MacVeagh (1909–13) appointed a committee to investigate possible advantages (e.g., reduced cost, increased production speed) to issuing smaller sized United States banknotes.[32] Due in part to the outbreak ofWorld War I and the end of his appointed term, any recommendations may have stalled. On 20 August 1925, Treasury Secretary Andrew W. Mellonappointed a similar committee and in May 1927 accepted their recommendations for the size reduction and redesign of U.S. banknotes.[32] On 10 July 1929 the new small-size currency was issued.[33]

In response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Hawaii overprint note was ordered from theBureau of Engraving and Printing on 8 June 1942.[33] Issued in denominations of $1, $5, $10, and $20, only the $1 was a silver certificate, the others were Federal Reserve Notes.[34] Stamped “HAWAII” (in small solid letters on the obverse and large letters on the reverse), with the Treasury seal and serial numbers in brown, these notes could be demonetized in the event of a Japanese invasion.[35]Additional World War II emergency currency was issued in November 1942 for circulation in Europe and Northern Africa.[33] Printed with a bright yellow seal, these notes ($1, $5, and $10) could be demonetized should the United States lose its position in the European or North Africancampaigns.[34]

End of the silver certificates

In the nearly three decades since passage of the Silver Purchase Act of 1934, the annual demand for silver bullion rose steadily from roughly 11 million ounces (1933) to 110 million ounces (1962).[36] The Acts of 1939 and 1946 established floor prices for silver of 71 cents and 90.5 cents (respectively) per ounce.[36] Predicated by an anticipated shortage of silver bullion,[37][38] Public Law 88-36 (PL88-36) was enacted on 4 June 1963 which repealed the Silver Purchase Act of 1934, and the Acts of 6 July 1939 and 31 July 1946,[39] while providing specific instruction regarding the disposition of silver held as reserves against issued certificates and the price at which silver may be sold. [nb 5] It also amended the Federal Reserve Act to authorize the issue of lower denomination notes (i.e., $1 and $2),[39]allowing for the gradual retirement (or swapping out process) of $1 silver certificates and releasing silver bullion from reserve.[38] In repealing the earlier laws, PL88-36 also repealed the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to control the issue of silver certificates. By issuing Executive Order 11110, President John F. Kennedy was able to continue the Secretary’s authority.[40] While retaining their status as legal tender, the silver certificate had effectively been retired from use.[33]

In March 1964, Secretary of the Treasury C. Douglas Dillon halted redemption of silver certificates for coined silver dollars; during the following four years, silver certificates were redeemable in uncoined silver "granules."[37] All redemption in silver ceased on 24 June 1968.[1]

by Bronze Member on Mar. 23, 2014 at 9:24 AM

It looks like a normal one dollar bill to me. What in particular should I be looking at that looks "off?"

by Gold Member on Mar. 23, 2014 at 9:25 AM
I don't get it. What's wrong with it?
by Ruby Member on Mar. 23, 2014 at 9:25 AM
Looks like a dollar bill to me.
by Desiree` on Mar. 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM
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They're silver certificates, and depending on the art work on the back, they can be worth A LOT of money......we have dozens of them. 

by Platinum Member on Mar. 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM
It's a silver certificate. Very cool.
by Anonymous 4 on Mar. 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM

oh wow...they're worth money....yes i have some in 10 and 20 dollar bills

by on Mar. 23, 2014 at 9:27 AM

yes they are sliver certificates, Dh has several different kinds he's collected over the years.

I don't think they are of high value and def, are still redeemable as legal tender, face value.

by Platinum Member on Mar. 23, 2014 at 9:27 AM
Look at the top of the bill people, it's a silver certificate.
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