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Card shows note made due to War of 1812

By Neil Shafer

Here is an oversize numismatic card sent out in 2006 by a company in California. The note image it contains is a United States interest-bearing Treasury $20 made because of the War of 1812.

Five issues were made between 1810 and 1815 in various denominations due to the fighting with Great Britain. Making war is expensive, and the Treasury Department had nowhere to turn in order to acquire the necessary funding for military operations.

This particular piece shown is an unissued remainder as it has no signatures, serial number, or filled-in date. It is estimated that anywhere from 13 to 30 of these $20 notes in all conditions are in existence today.


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