SPECIAL SERIES: FIVE
LIMITED EDITION OF ONLY 10
0/10 Remaining ***SOLD OUT***
Printed by the United States Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and printing, from the actual dies and plates, this rare collection of intaglio bank notes (printed on one side only, not legal tender) includes the following:
The obverse side of a 1899 $5 Silver Certificate, the indian in the design is a likeness of Ta-to’-ka-in’-yna-ka, who was also known as Running Antelope. Serveral publications have identified the portrait as “Onepapa,” the trive of Sioux to which Running Antelope belonged. This is the only issue of United States paper money for which an Indian was selected as the central feature. A photograph, taken in 1872 by Alexander Gardner, which is on file at the Smithsonian Institution, was used as a model for the portrait. The only difference between the photograph nad the engraved portrait is the war bonnet which was added by the Bureau’s modeler. G. F. C. Smillie engraved the portrait in 1899.
The obverse side of a 1905 $20 Gold Certificate: The engraving for this $20 gold certificate, series 1905, was started in 1904 and completed in 1905. The portrait of George Washington was improved by A. Sealy and June 1867 based on the portrait by Gilbert Stuart. This note is considered the most beautiful of all gold certificates because of its color, and has been referred to as the “technicolor” note. Gold certificates were withdrawn from circulation along with gold coin and bullion as required by the Emergency Banking Act of 1933. It was legal to hold gold certificates until April 24, 1964, when the Secretary removed the restrictions on the acquisition or holding of gold certificates issued prior to January 30, 1934. Gold certificates are the only U.S. currency ever to be recalled in American history.
The back side of an 1895 $5 Silver Certificate: As in previous issues of the series, portraits were placed on the backs of notes because the face designs were very detailed and extended over the entire obverse of the notes. The back of the $5 Silver Certificate bears the portraits of Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Philip Sheridan, with a central design of much artistic rendering, showing the head of a goddess with outstretched wings and shades of light radiating therefrom. Thomas F. Morris, Chief of the Bureau’s Engraving Division at the time, created the design. Lorenzo Hatch engraved the portraits and G. F. C. Smillie engraved the head and wings.
This rare collection is a limited edition of only 10 and is signed and numbered by Rare World Treasures (RWT).