One Silver Dollar Certificate from the Educational Series, Series of 1896 D, Serial Number 55310004. Designed by Will H. Low (New York/France, 1853-1932) and engraved by Charles Schlecht. Obverse depicts the personification of History seated on a bench with her arm around a young boy, the Constitution displayed to the right. A panoramic view of the Potomac River, the Washington Monument, and the US Capitol Building, visible in the background. The last names of famous Americans including presidents, writers, and military figures surround the scene. Reverse depicts portraits of both George and Martha Washington, separated by the number "1". Housed in a hard plastic case. Certificate – 3 1/8" H x 7 3/8" W. Case – 4 1/4" H x 8 1/4" W x 1/4" D. Late 19th century. Note: "Educational Series" is the informal name used by numismatists to refer to a series of United States silver certificates produced by the U.S. Treasury in 1896, after its Bureau of Engraving and Printing chief Claude M. Johnson ordered a new currency design. The notes depict various allegorical motifs and are considered by some numismatists to be the most beautiful monetary designs ever produced by the United States. (courtesy "A Guide Book Of United States Paper Money: Complete Source for History, Grading, and Prices" by Arthur L. Friedberg (Compiler), Ira S. Friedberg (Compiler), and Q. David Bowers, Whitman Publishing, 2005, page 27). CONDITION: Fine to very fine condition.
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