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08 Apr 2020

Series of 1914

| Big Nub Numismatics

1914 was a big year for the world. World War began, the Panama Canal was finished, and the conversation of Irish home rule picked up speed. But 1914 was also a big year for US paper money.In 1914, the first Federal reserve notes were printed, and boy were they big. The series of 1914 came out into the world in the denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. These notes featured a new face, Abraham Lincoln, on the five dollar bill where he still is today, and Andrew Jackson was moved from the five to the ten dollar bill. Grover Cleveland's portrait was on the twenty, and Grant and Benjamin were on the fifty and 100 as they are today. The reasons I like this series is because most of them are likely over 100 years old, most of them are likely destroyed, and the backs (not reverses) of these notes are absolutely stunning. Like most of the work done by the BEP in the 19th and early 20th century, the series of 1914 had actual artwork. The five dollar bill features pilgrims rowing a boat in a harsh sea, and Columbus discovering America. The ten dollar bill has farmers plowing a field and a large factory complex. The twenty has its train and boat ( my favorite design of the series). The fifty with two boats with lady liberty. Finally, the Benjamin with a call to Greek ancient history featuring the Greek god Hermes, a farmer, and three women. Though I can not find any official numbers for the printage of these new notes, I would say they would be moderate to high for its time. It was the first year of the Federal reserve, the economy was speeding up, and more and more people needed money. Although coins have some pretty beautiful designs at this time, engravers don't have the room to show off their creativity on coins as much as they do on notes. Paper money offers a numismatic way to add some fine artwork to your home.pictures-wikipedia commonsantique paper money .comUnited States Currency 7th edition - Ken Bressett and Philip Bressett

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