Industrial Revolution

Legal Tender Notes: The First True National Currency

In 1862, Congress retired Demand notes and issued $150 million in Legal Tender notes, also known as United States Notes. These new notes–issued in denominations ranging from $1 to $1,000–embodied the first national currency used as legal tender for most public and private debts.

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Legal Tender Note, $10, 1901
Legal Tender Note, $10, 1901

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $10, 1901

Legal Tender Note, $5, 1907
Legal Tender Note, $5, 1907

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $5, 1907

Legal Tender Note, $10, 1880
Legal Tender Note, $10, 1880

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $10, 1880

Legal Tender Note, $100, 1863
Legal Tender Note, $100, 1863

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $100, 1863

Legal Tender Note, $1,000, 1880
Legal Tender Note, $1,000, 1880

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $1,000, 1880

Legal Tender Note, $1, 1862
Legal Tender Note, $1, 1862

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $1, 1862

Legal Tender Note, $1, 1880
Legal Tender Note, $1, 1880

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $1, 1880

Legal Tender Note, $1, 1917
Legal Tender Note, $1, 1917

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $1, 1917

Legal Tender Note, $1, 1923
Legal Tender Note, $1, 1923

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $1, 1923

Legal Tender Note, $2, 1862
Legal Tender Note, $2, 1862

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $2, 1862

Legal Tender Note, $2, 1880
Legal Tender Note, $2, 1880

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $2, 1880

Legal Tender Note, $5, 1862
Legal Tender Note, $5, 1862

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $5, 1862

Legal Tender Note, $5, 1907
Legal Tender Note, $5, 1907

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $5, 1907

Legal Tender Note, $10, 1862
Legal Tender Note, $10, 1862

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $10, 1862

Legal Tender Note, $10, 1862
Legal Tender Note, $10, 1862

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $10, 1862

Legal Tender Note, $10, 1869
Legal Tender Note, $10, 1869

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $10, 1869

Legal Tender Note, $20, 1863
Legal Tender Note, $20, 1863

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $20, 1863

Legal Tender Note, $20, 1880
Legal Tender Note, $20, 1880

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $20, 1880

Legal Tender Note, $50, 1862
Legal Tender Note, $50, 1862

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $50, 1862

Legal Tender Note, $50, 1880
Legal Tender Note, $50, 1880

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $50, 1880

Legal Tender Note, $100, 1862
Legal Tender Note, $100, 1862

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $100, 1862

Legal Tender Note, $100, 1880
Legal Tender Note, $100, 1880

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $100, 1880

Legal Tender Note, $500, 1880
Legal Tender Note, $500, 1880

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $500, 1880

Legal Tender Note, $1,000, 1880
Legal Tender Note, $1,000, 1880

Legal Tender Note

Legal Tender Note, $1,000, 1880