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27 Jun 2015

Besides Presidents Who Else has been on Currency?

Coins-United States | Yemrot

The obvious "woman" piece of currency would be the Sacajawea dollar coin, which has been circulating since 2000. However, even before that both women and minorities have been on currency. In 1886, '91 and '96 Martha Washington appeared on the $1 silver certificate (the one dollar bill) and in more recent memory in the 1980s and 90s Susan B Anthony was on the dollar coin.

As for minorities Native Americans have also appeared on American currency. In 1899 the $5 silver certificate featured Chief Running Antelope. Also, arguably the most popular American coin ever, the buffalo nickel, circulating from 1913-1939 featured general Native American head bust.

So, in conclusion although American currency has been dominated by Presidents in recent times, there is a long list and history of other important minority figures that have graced the face of American currency.

Comments

I. R. Bama

Level 5

The Native American on the Buffalo nickel was a composite of three different men: Iron Tail, Big Tree and Two Moons according to the designer James Earl Fraser The gold 2.50 and gold 5.00 coins were designed based on Native Americans. The rest of the coins dressed up as American Indians were based on Lady Liberty adorned as American Indians. The 10 dollar gold piece renders Lady Liberty as wearing a male war bonnet

I. R. Bama

Level 5

The Native American on the Buffalo nickel was a composite of three different men: Iron Tail, Big Tree and Two Moons according to the designer James Early Fraser The gold 2.50 and gold 5.00 coins were designed based on Native Americans. The rest of the coins dressed up as American Indians were based on Lady Liberty adorned as American Indians. The 10 dollar gold piece renders Lady Liberty as wearing a male war bonnet

Very cool

Smart points thank you!

Mike

Level 7

I believe Mrs. Washington was on some currency. I think it was coin world. Interesting blog thank you for you time and research.

user_69262

Level 4

very interesting.

user_7180

Level 5

Would you prefer they stick with versions of Lady Liberty? Certainly an iconic choice. Or would you prefer images of majesty like the Bald Eagle. There are lots of fine choices.

user_5225

Level 5

true, in 2016, in ncw we are choosing a liberty coin theme.

ShriekenGriffon

Level 5

To many presidents. Better not put Obama on any coins.

user_5225

Level 5

It is arguable.

Kepi

Level 6

Good point. Thanks!

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