1899 $5 Silver Certificate VF
This note is an original circulated example. No tears or holes. A few circulation stains but not distracting at all. A nice example of this type note
The large size Series 1899 $5 silver certificate is one of the more iconic five dollar bills.
The series of 1899 five dollar silver certificate goes by many names. It is sometimes called an Indian, chief, running antelope, or Onepapa. All of the names derive from the fact that there is a Native American featured on the front of each 1899 $5 bill.
This note was ranked 10st most beautiful note in the book 100 Greatest American Currency Notes compiled by Bowers and Sundman.
Obverse: Portrait of a of Ta-to-ka-in-yan-ka, also known as Running Antelope, a member of the Oncpapa tribe of Sioux Indians. George F. C. Smillie engraved the portrait. This is the only issue of U.S. paper money for which a Native American was selected as the central feature. The obverse also bears the phrases "SILVER CERTIFICATE", "THIS CERTIFIES THAT THERE HAVE BEEN DEPOSITED IN THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Five Silver Dollars Payable to the Bearer on demand. Washington, D.C." It measures 7 3/8 by 3 1/8 inches and bears the distinctive blue seal and serial numbers that mark it as a genuine Silver Certificate.
Reverse: "THIS CERTIFICATE IS RECEIVABLE FOR CUSTOMS, TAXES AND ALL PUBLIC DUES, AND WHEN SO RECEIVED MAY BE REISSUED."
Signatures: (as depicted) William S. Elliott (Register of the Treasury) and Frank White, Treasurer of the United States.
Printer & Engraver: Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
Inscriptions: Silver Certificate - Series of 1899 - Act of August 4 1886 - Register Of The Treasury - Treasurer Of The United States - This Certifies That There Have Been Deposited In The Treasury Of The United States Five Silver Dollars Payable To The Bearer On Demand Washington, D.C. - United States Silver Certificate - Amer Septent Sigil Thesaur - This Certificate Is Receivable For Customs, Taxes and All Public Dues, And When So Received May Be Reissued