Known as the “horse blanket,” the 1901 Bison Legal Tender Note is one of the top-ten most valued historic United States Notes. The United States Note, also known as the Legal Tender Note, was first issued from 1862 to 1929 as large-sized notes that were as much as 40% larger than modern Federal Reserve Notes. Among the most popular designs from this period was the Bison Note. Now, 1901 $10 Bison Legal Tender Notes are available to you for purchase online at Silver.com in fine condition.
- Notes ship to you inside of protective plastic sleeves!
- First release year for the Bison Legal Tender Notes!
- Coveted American Bison imagery!
- Issued a face value of $10 (USD) by the United States.
- On the obverse is a depiction of the American bison with effigies of Lewis & Clark.
- The reverse depicts the female personification known as Columbia.
- Fine-plus condition notes.
United States Notes were introduced in 1862 with denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, and $1000. The original notes issued in the United States Note series were large-sized. When the US Treasury began resizing paper currency in 1929, the paper the Treasury used in printing its notes began producing more notes per paper. The newer small-sized notes could get 12 prints per sheet of paper, while the large-sized notes generated only 8 prints per sheet.
Given the larger size of the United States Note, specimens such as the 1901 $10 Bison Legal Tender Note became affectionately known as “horse blankets” for the large size of the paper note. Today, there are only an estimated 3,000 to 4,500 remaining specimens from the original 1901 Bison Note print release. You can now own one of those historic notes.
On the obverse of 1901 $10 Bison Legal Tender Notes is an American bison known as “Pablo.” In reality, Pablo was merely the bison that the designers used as inspiration, and the beast was a resident of the National Zoo in Washington D.C. Flanking the image of the bison at the center of the note are portraits of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the US Army soldiers chosen to lead the expedition into the territories of the Louisiana Purchase.
The reverse side of 1901 Bison Legal Tender Notes comes with a depiction of Columbia, the historic female personification of the United States. This female allegory was first associated with the New World in the 16th-century artwork of Europeans when referencing the wild lands found in the New World by explorers like Christopher Columbus.
These 1901 $10 Bison Legal Tender Notes are available to you in Fine-plus condition. A note in this condition has typical signs of wear and tear from circulation. You will likely notice signs such as creases, folds, and wrinkles throughout, wear around the edge, slight tears, and even noticeable fading of color. Some notes may appear in slightly better condition, but on the whole, each one has similar levels of wear and tear with impressive visuals for a note that is 120 years old. Each note comes in a protective plastic sleeve.
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