Large Size U.S. Currency - The U.S. government first printed paper currency for circulation in 1862. At that time, the Civil War was raging and there was a shortage of Gold and Silver coins in commerce. The government withheld as much of its Gold as possible to pay the accumulating war debts. Slowly, paper currency gained acceptance. Prior to 1928, all of the paper money was significantly larger than the bills we use today.
These “Large Type” notes come in a variety of issues: Legal Tender, Silver Certificates (which were backed by Silver), Gold Certificates (which were backed by Gold), National Bank Notes (which were issued by various banks), Federal Reserve Bank Notes and Federal Reserve Notes. Collecting “Large Type” notes allows one to experience the beauty of some of the most iconic and symbolic designs that have ever graced United States currency.
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