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“Greenback” (United States Note) Issued March 10, 1862

“Greenback” (United States Note) Issued March 10, 1862

This five dollar note, dated March 10, 1862, shows images of the Statue of Freedom and Alexander Hamilton. They were called “greenbacks” because of the green ink used to print them.

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