U.S. currency is a popular option among collectors, as these pieces not only offer beautiful designs but many times carry unique stories with them. There are hundreds of United States currency items available across APMEX, but these items may be intimidating to new collectors who don’t know quite what they’re getting into.
In an effort to help our customers feel comfortable while shopping, we have created a new currency experience, placing some of our most popular currency items in one easy shopping location. This central location contains current currency deals, elite currency and popular bulk currency. The items in each of these categories will be updated as our product selection and prices change, so check all three often to find the best currency deals or a unique gem for your currency collection!
Take a look below to learn about some of the most interesting items you will find when browsing these new shopping options.
The Rainbow Note
The 1869 $1 Legal Tender Note is commonly called the “Rainbow Note” due to its attractive colorful tints. This magnificent piece features a portrait of George Washington and was his first appearance on any $1 legal tender note in United States history. This series of 1869 Legal Tender Notes is the only note which bears the label “Treasury Note” instead of “United States Note,” found on all later issues. The back of this note is extremely interesting, with an array of contiguous geometric “flowers” surrounding the intertwined letters “U.S.” and a block of text describing the penalties for counterfeiting.
A Classic Gold Certificate
Before 1933, the United States Gold Certificate gave its owner the right to redeem Gold coinage at a rate of $20.67 per ounce, established by the Coinage Act of 1834. After the Gold recall of 1933, the United States government attempted to remove these Gold certificates from circulation by making them illegal to own, as Executive Order 6102 made them no longer redeemable for Gold coins. That fact, and public fear the notes would be devalued and made obsolete, resulted in the majority of circulating notes being retired, resulting in a much higher value in today’s marketplace.
The Iconic Silver Certificate
Silver certificates were issued in the United States between 1878 and 1964 as part of its circulation of paper currency. They were produced in response to citizens who were angered by the Coinage Act of 1873, which effectively placed the United States on a Gold standard. These Silver certificates were initially redeemable for their face value of Silver Dollar coins and later, from June 1967 to June 1968, in raw Silver bullion. They are no longer redeemable for Silver bullion, but they are very popular among currency and bullion collectors alike due to their involvement in the history of Precious Metals.
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