Treasury or Coin Notes were backed by the metallic reserves held in the vaults of the United States government. These notes are very attractive, especially the intricate designs on the reverses of the 1890 series.
The United States Gold Certificate Notes are an extremely colorful and attractive series. While the front of these notes generally bears a portrait, the denomination and the Treasury Seals are printed in a nice gold color.
U.S. Legal Tender Notes are the longest-lived of the country’s currency. They are also among the country’s first national currency. Authorized by the Legal Tender Act of 1862, U.S. Legal Tender notes began circulating during the American Civil War. Early in the war, these notes were not highly regarded as the Union suffered major defeats and many people wanted hard currency.