These historical Large Size Gold Certificates are a pleasure to study but even more pleasant to collect. They represent a time in history when a United States bill could actually be redeemed for its denomination in gold or silver. The gold certificate was issued from 1882 to 1933 as a form of currency in the United States. During that time, each certificate was redeemable for its corresponding amount of gold in coins. However, In 1933 during the Great Depression, the practice of redeeming these notes for gold coins was ended by the U.S. government. Then, and until 1964 it was actually illegal to possess these notes. Only silver certificates enjoyed legal status until 1964. In 1964, both gold and silver certificates were converted to standard “legal tender” worth only their stated face value in other currency but not redeemable for gold coin. From 1933 to 1964, public fear that the gold notes would become valueless resulted in the majority being redeemed, retired, and/or shredded by the treasury. Therefore, surviving gold certificates are very scarce and valuable to collectors.
Gold certificates, along with all other U.S. currency, were made in two sizes—a larger size from 1865 to 1928, and a smaller size from 1928 to 1934. The backs of all large-sized notes, and also the small-sized notes of series 1934, were orange. The backs of the series 1928 bills were green. However, most all Gold Certificates feature a black obverse (front) and gold reverse color. Enjoy browsing through our product descriptions for dates of issue, condition, and availability of our Large Gold Certificates. Each certificate will arrive in a protective plastic envelope. When buying gold and silver bullion through our secure online system, customers are ensured a seamless, highly professional transaction.
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