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1896 $5 Silver Certificates FR 268-270

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Note Description: Silver Certificate
$5 1896 Large Size
Grade: 65 EPQ
Country: US
Note Number: 269
Seal Type: Small red
Certification #: 1015395-003  
Owner: Ron Stone
Sets Competing: Big Silver 5's  Score: 6248
Date Added: 1/1/2018
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

The series of 1896, often referred to as the "Educational" note, was taken from a mural painted by Walter Shirlaw after his appointment by the Treasurt Department in 1893. The mural shows "Electricity Presenting light to the World" an Allegorical group showing electricity as the world's dominant force.Central engraving was done by George Fredrick Cumming Smillie, with border design and engraving done by Thomas F. Morris.
Reverse shows busts of Ulyssis S. Grant the 18th president of the United States & Phillip Sheridan, both Union Army Generals during the Civil War.
The portraits of the Generals were engraved by Lorenzo James Hatch, with the remainder engraved by George Fredrick Cumming Smillie, after Thomas F. Morris's design.
The series of 1896 notes came with the small red U. S. Treasury Seal only.
The series of 1896 notes came with 3 different Register of the Treasury and Treasurer of the United States signature combinations.
The naked breasts of the female figures on the $5 Silver Certificate reportedly caused some minor controversy when several Boston society ladies took offense to the design.
Some bankers reportedly refused to accept the notes in transactions, and the term "Banned in Boston" allegedly originates from the $5 Silver Certificate.
Because of this controversy, the Educational Series of $1, $2 and $5 notes were discontinued after only 3 years to be replaced by the series of 1899 notes.

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