Although Silver Certificates were produced by the United States Treasury between 1878 and 1964, many would argue that the seminal moment in the history of this series came in 1896. This was the year that the US Treasury redesigned the $1, $2, and $5 notes with detailed, distinctive images of neoclassical allegories in a collection that became known as the Educational Series. Now, 1896 $1 Silver Certificate Educational Notes are available to you for purchase online at Silver.com.
- Notes ship to you inside plastic currency sleeves!
- Issued between 1896 and 1898!
- Considered one of America’s greatest paper currency designs ever!
- Issued a face value of $1 (USD) by the United States.
- The obverse features an image of History Instructing Youth.
- On the reverse are portraits of First Lady Martha Washington and President George Washington.
- Each note is in Very Fine condition.
- Please keep in mind the specific condition and signature combinations on these notes may match or vary if you purchase more than one.
Educational Series Notes in the Silver Certificate Series were only issued between 1896 and 1898 before each denomination was redesigned again in 1899. Each of the designs came with its own depiction of a neoclassical allegory on the obverse and unique designs on the reverse as well.
For the 1896 $1 Silver Certificate Note, Martha Washington’s longstanding effigy on the obverse was moved to the reverse of the note, continuing her presence on the $1 denomination for another three years. It was replaced by the design known as History Instructing Youth. Silver Certificates bore a stamp from the US Treasury and the signatures of both the Register of the Treasury and the Treasurer of the United States. Respectively, this included signature combinations from J. Fount Tillman and Daniel Nash Morgan upon initial introduction, and later Blanche Kelso Bruce and Ellis Henry Roberts. 1896 $1 Silver Certificates bore the same US Treasury stamp throughout, a small red-inked stamp with rays around the image.
The obverse of the 1896 $1 Silver Certificate Educational Series features a female allegory known as History lying on a marble slab pointing across the Potomac River toward the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. A young student looks on as she does so. This design came from Will Hicok Low.
On the reverse of 1896 $1 Silver Certificate Notes are the effigies of Martha Washington and President George Washington. This side was designed by Thomas F. Morris, with the First Lady’s portrait designed by Charles Burt and the President’s portrait by Alfred Sealey.
These 1896 $1 Silver Certificate Educational Notes are available in Very Fine condition. Notes in this condition showcase moderate to light signs of circulation with mild to light soiling. Lower-end Very Fine notes have numerous folds, while higher-end Very Fine notes have no more than 10 fold lines present. There are no serious detractions on any of the notes.
Silver.com selects your note at random after your payment clears. We cannot guarantee in advance the condition of a specific note nor the signature combinations present. Each note will have acceptable visuals within the range of a Very Fine grade. If you buy more than one, please keep in mind you could get matching notes or notes with varying visual appeal based on what is available at the time your order is fulfilled.
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