A picture of a gold certificate (top image is the obverse of the certificate, bottom image is the reverse of the certificate)Series 1934 $100 Gold Certificate, Obverse
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The gold certificate was used from 1882 to 1933 in the United States as a form of paper currency. Each certificate gave its holder title to its corresponding amount of gold coin. All gold certificates prior to 1928 were Large Size notes. more...

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Two Small Size series were issued, the first in 1928. The 1928 issue was the last one legal for general circulation. A second Small Size series was issued in 1934, including the $100,000 denomination featuring Woodrow Wilson's portrait. However, by then the public had been banned from possessing either gold or gold certificates, and the 1934 certificates were intended only for transactions among the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Banks. This fact was reflected by the wording of the redeemability clause, to which the phrase "as authorized by law" was appended. In addition, the phrase "in gold coin" was changed to "in gold", to emphasize that the authorized person redeeming the certificate would not be receiving its face value in pre-1933 gold coins, but rather merely bullion at whatever price was then in effect.

Michael Hillegas, the first Treasurer of the United States appeared on the 1907-1922 certificate.

A gold certificate is a banknote that is redeemable in gold. The United States issued them from 1865 to 1934, in denominations from $10 to $100,000.

The early history of United States gold certificates is somewhat hazy. They were authorized under the Act of March 3rd, 1863, but unlike the United States Notes also authorized, they apparently were not printed until 1865. They did not have a series date, and were hand-dated upon issue. "Issue" meant that the government took in the equivalent value in gold, and the first several series of Gold Certificates promised to pay the amount only to the depositor, who was explicitly identified on the certificate itself. The first issue featured a vignette of an eagle uniformly across all denominations. Several later issues (series 1870, 1871, and 1875) featured various portraits of historical figures. The reverse sides were either blank or featured abstract designs. The only exception was the $20 of 1865, which had a picture of a $20 gold coin.

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1928 $10 Gold Certificate Beautiful Crisp Note Dollar Bill Woods Mellon1928 $10 Gold Certificate Beautiful Crisp Note Dollar Bill Woods Mellon $400.00 1928 $20 Dollard Number "7" Great Condition1928 $20 Dollard Number "7" Great Condition $79.95
Fr2405 $100 1928 Gold Note Pcgs Au 50 Well-Margined & Very Clean Wl6556 KeyFr2405 $100 1928 Gold Note Pcgs Au 50 Well-Margined & Very Clean Wl6556 Key $3,450.00 Fr. 2404 1928 $50 Gold Certificate Extremely Fine 40 PcgsFr. 2404 1928 $50 Gold Certificate Extremely Fine 40 Pcgs $950.00
Ac Fr 2400 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pmg 25 !Ac Fr 2400 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pmg 25 ! $139.00 New listing
		New-11Pc.Lot$1,2,5,10,2 0,50,$100 Banknote Reps.*W/Coa+Coin Flake&Tiny Silver BarNew listing New-11Pc.Lot$1,2,5,10,2 0,50,$100 Banknote Reps.*W/Coa+Coin Flake&Tiny Silver Bar $33.33
Fr. 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate AuFr. 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Au $425.00 New listing
		New Lot$1,2,5,10,20,50,$100 Banknote Reps.*W/Coa+Tiny Silver BarNew listing New Lot$1,2,5,10,20,50,$100 Banknote Reps.*W/Coa+Tiny Silver Bar $33.33
Tt Fr 2408 1928 $1,000 Gold Certificate Scarce Pmg 35Tt Fr 2408 1928 $1,000 Gold Certificate Scarce Pmg 35 $24,500.00 $50.00 Gold Certificate, 1928, Fr. #2404, Pmg Grade 55Au$50.00 Gold Certificate, 1928, Fr. #2404, Pmg Grade 55Au $1,975.00
Fr1178 $20.00 High End Original Vf Gold Note Key Wl421Fr1178 $20.00 High End Original Vf Gold Note Key Wl421 $2,499.00 1906 $20 Gold Note - Napier/Thompson Vf-Xf Rare Fr11841906 $20 Gold Note - Napier/Thompson Vf-Xf Rare Fr1184 $1,900.00
1928-B $10 B-New York Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note - Lot #211928-B $10 B-New York Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note - Lot #21 $59.99 U.S. 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Fr. 2400, Certified Pmg Choice Extremely Fine-45U.S. 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Fr. 2400, Certified Pmg Choice Extremely Fine-45 $395.00
1928 $20 Gold Certificate Woods/Mellon signatures worn condition1928 $20 Gold Certificate Woods/Mellon signatures worn condition $320.00 1928 $10 Gold-Certificate ♚Star♚ ♚Star♚ Bright&Crisp1928 $10 Gold-Certificate ♚Star♚ ♚Star♚ Bright&Crisp $900.00
1928 $100 One Hundred Dollar Gold Certificate Pcgs 61 (Rare Note)1928 $100 One Hundred Dollar Gold Certificate Pcgs 61 (Rare Note) $5,900.00 1928 $10 Small Size Gold Certificate Fr #24001928 $10 Small Size Gold Certificate Fr #2400 $99.00
Estate ~ Us Gold Certificate 1928 Series A32943834A no tears, Make An OfferEstate ~ Us Gold Certificate 1928 Series A32943834A no tears, Make An Offer $199.00 Fr1178 $20 1882 Gold Note, Vf+ Key Wl446Fr1178 $20 1882 Gold Note, Vf+ Key Wl446 $1,750.00
1928-B $10 C-Philadelphia Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note - Lot #41928-B $10 C-Philadelphia Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note - Lot #4 $36.99 1928-B $10 G-Chicago Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note - Lot #221928-B $10 G-Chicago Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note - Lot #22 $46.99
1914 $5 Federal Reserve Note Virginia Horse Blanket Lincoln Fr# 863 Vf/Xf Ef E361914 $5 Federal Reserve Note Virginia Horse Blanket Lincoln Fr# 863 Vf/Xf Ef E36 $99.99 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 - Graded Pmg 64 Epq - Choice Unc.1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 - Graded Pmg 64 Epq - Choice Unc. $849.89
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		1929 $20 Brown Seal National Currency! Chicago! X782 Choice Fine! Old Currency!New listing 1929 $20 Brown Seal National Currency! Chicago! X782 Choice Fine! Old Currency! $27.00 Nice Rare 1922 (Star) $20 Large Gold Certificate Scarce Low Serial# No ResNice Rare 1922 (Star) $20 Large Gold Certificate Scarce Low Serial# No Res $177.00
1928 $20 Ef-45 Fr.#2050D Redeemable in Gold Demand Frn Number 4 Cleveland1928 $20 Ef-45 Fr.#2050D Redeemable in Gold Demand Frn Number 4 Cleveland $114.00 1928 $20 Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note Number 4 Cleveland - Lot #191928 $20 Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note Number 4 Cleveland - Lot #19 $49.99
1928 $ 20 Gold Certificate, Fr-2402 Pcgs Choice About New 551928 $ 20 Gold Certificate, Fr-2402 Pcgs Choice About New 55 $474.88 Fr1173a $10.00 1922 Gold Note Au+ Hv1278Fr1173a $10.00 1922 Gold Note Au+ Hv1278 $750.00
$50. 1928 Gold Seal Gold Certificate Wallet Carried$50. 1928 Gold Seal Gold Certificate Wallet Carried $102.50 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Avg. Circulated1928 $20 Gold Certificate Avg. Circulated $154.00
U.S. 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr. 2402, Certified Pmg Choice About Unc. 58-EpqU.S. 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr. 2402, Certified Pmg Choice About Unc. 58-Epq $595.00 1928C $10 Vf-20 Fr #2003G Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note G Chicago1928C $10 Vf-20 Fr #2003G Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note G Chicago $156.00
Fr1178 $20.00 Pcgs 25Ppq - Very Rare! Ld112Fr1178 $20.00 Pcgs 25Ppq - Very Rare! Ld112 $3,250.00 U.S. 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr. 2402 Certified Pcgs Extremely Fine-45U.S. 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr. 2402 Certified Pcgs Extremely Fine-45 $375.00
1928 Circulated Twenty Dollar $20 Gold Certificate1928 Circulated Twenty Dollar $20 Gold Certificate $26.00 New listing
		1929 $10 Brown Seal National Currency! Kansas City! Vg/Fine! X761 Old Currency!New listing 1929 $10 Brown Seal National Currency! Kansas City! Vg/Fine! X761 Old Currency! $14.50
1928-B $10 C-Philadelphia Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note - Lot #211928-B $10 C-Philadelphia Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note - Lot #21 $59.99 Replica Old United States $50 Bill Gold Certificate 1928 Ulysses Grant CopyReplica Old United States $50 Bill Gold Certificate 1928 Ulysses Grant Copy $2.99
1928 $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate1928 $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate $375.00 1928 $20 Small Gold Certificate1928 $20 Small Gold Certificate $34.00
Fr#2152-D* 1934 $100 Rare Cleveland 3 Digit Lgs Star Pcgs-Chcu 63 Awesome RarityFr#2152-D* 1934 $100 Rare Cleveland 3 Digit Lgs Star Pcgs-Chcu 63 Awesome Rarity $1,999.99 1928 $20 Gold Certificate High Grade!1928 $20 Gold Certificate High Grade! $579.99
Replica United States $50 Bill Gold Certificate 1922 Ulysses Grant Copy FiftyReplica United States $50 Bill Gold Certificate 1922 Ulysses Grant Copy Fifty $2.99 1928 $10 Gold Certificate - U.S. Note Woods & Mellon - No Reserve!1928 $10 Gold Certificate - U.S. Note Woods & Mellon - No Reserve! $51.00
$100.00 Gold Certificate, 1928, Fr. #2405, Vf$100.00 Gold Certificate, 1928, Fr. #2405, Vf $1,100.00 Fr2404 1928 $50.00 Gold Certificate Pcgs 25 Vf+ Note Hv3640Fr2404 1928 $50.00 Gold Certificate Pcgs 25 Vf+ Note Hv3640 $750.00
1928B $20 Cu-63 Epq Fr #2052G Frn Redeemable in Gold Demand Note G Chicago1928B $20 Cu-63 Epq Fr #2052G Frn Redeemable in Gold Demand Note G Chicago $134.00 1928 Gold $10 Certificate Pmg ChF 15 Fr#2400 Choice Fine1928 Gold $10 Certificate Pmg ChF 15 Fr#2400 Choice Fine $117.99
$100 Gold Certificate 1928 Yellow Seal$100 Gold Certificate 1928 Yellow Seal $1,566.00 Ac Fr 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs 35Ac Fr 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs 35 $249.00
Fr. 1803-1 $50 1929 Newark Oh Gem Uncirculated Serial #1 Finest Known!Fr. 1803-1 $50 1929 Newark Oh Gem Uncirculated Serial #1 Finest Known! $2,450.00 20$ Gold Certificate ( 1928 )20$ Gold Certificate ( 1928 ) $46.00
Fr2400 $10 1928 Gold Note (Aa Block) Pmg Gem Unc "66" Epq Wl9208 KeyFr2400 $10 1928 Gold Note (Aa Block) Pmg Gem Unc "66" Epq Wl9208 Key $2,100.00 1928 $20 Gold Certificate ✪ Ch-Au Almost Uncirculated ✪ L@K Ppq Epq ◢Edelmans◣1928 $20 Gold Certificate ✪ Ch-Au Almost Uncirculated ✪ L@K Ppq Epq ◢Edelmans◣ $395.00
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		$10. 1928 Gold Seal Gold Certificate Average Circulated No ReserveNew listing $10. 1928 Gold Seal Gold Certificate Average Circulated No Reserve $38.00 Fr2405 1928 $100 Gold Note Pcgs Au 50 Well-Margined Wl6557 KeyFr2405 1928 $100 Gold Note Pcgs Au 50 Well-Margined Wl6557 Key $3,200.00
1928B $10 Cu-63 Fr #2002H Frn Redeem in Gold on Demand Note H St. Louis1928B $10 Cu-63 Fr #2002H Frn Redeem in Gold on Demand Note H St. Louis $119.00 New listing
		1928 $10 Gold Certificate - Woods Mellon - Au+ conditionNew listing 1928 $10 Gold Certificate - Woods Mellon - Au+ condition $279.00
1928 $50 Gold Certificate *V.F.+* Free Shipping!1928 $50 Gold Certificate *V.F.+* Free Shipping! $479.00 1928 $10 Gold Certificate * Small Note * Yellow Seal * A Great Note!1928 $10 Gold Certificate * Small Note * Yellow Seal * A Great Note! $110.00
1928 $10 Gold Certificate F/Vf Details1928 $10 Gold Certificate F/Vf Details $99.95 Fr#2152-L* 1934 $100 Rare San Francisco Mule Star Discovery Note @ Pmg Chvf 35!Fr#2152-L* 1934 $100 Rare San Francisco Mule Star Discovery Note @ Pmg Chvf 35! $3,999.99
Fr1173* $10.00 1922 Gold Star Note; Face Plate #581 Xf+ Gem Wl105 KeyFr1173* $10.00 1922 Gold Star Note; Face Plate #581 Xf+ Gem Wl105 Key $2,499.00 1928 $20 Dollar Gold Certificate Star Note Fr. 2402* Pcgs Ef-40 *Scarce*1928 $20 Dollar Gold Certificate Star Note Fr. 2402* Pcgs Ef-40 *Scarce* $2,250.00
1928 Gold Certificate $20 Note1928 Gold Certificate $20 Note $125.00 1928 $10 gold note1928 $10 gold note $69.00
1928 $100 Gold Certificate Fr-2405 - Graded Pmg 40 - Extremely Fine1928 $100 Gold Certificate Fr-2405 - Graded Pmg 40 - Extremely Fine $1,589.89 Replica Copy Old United States Currency $10 Bill 1928 Gold Certificate HamiltonReplica Copy Old United States Currency $10 Bill 1928 Gold Certificate Hamilton $2.99
Fr1187 $20.00 Series 1922 Gold Choice Unc Wl33 KeyFr1187 $20.00 Series 1922 Gold Choice Unc Wl33 Key $2,200.00 Replica $20 Bill Gold Certificate 1928 Andrew Jackson Copy White House BackReplica $20 Bill Gold Certificate 1928 Andrew Jackson Copy White House Back $2.99
1928 Ten Dollar Small Gold Certificate Vg F-24001928 Ten Dollar Small Gold Certificate Vg F-2400 $95.00 $20 1928 Gold Certificate=Snow White Paper=Vibrant Gold Overprint=Pmg Ch Unc 63$20 1928 Gold Certificate=Snow White Paper=Vibrant Gold Overprint=Pmg Ch Unc 63 $895.00
Tt 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Fr # 2400 Pmg 65 Epq Gem Uncirculated Really NiceTt 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Fr # 2400 Pmg 65 Epq Gem Uncirculated Really Nice $2,095.00 Ac 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pcgs 45 Fr 2400Ac 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pcgs 45 Fr 2400 $319.00
$10 Gold 1928 Estate Excellent Condition Gold Certificate$10 Gold 1928 Estate Excellent Condition Gold Certificate $350.00 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 - Graded Pmg 63 Epq - Choice Uncirculated1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 - Graded Pmg 63 Epq - Choice Uncirculated $699.89
Fr 2405 $100 Gold Certificate (Syed Collection) X-FineFr 2405 $100 Gold Certificate (Syed Collection) X-Fine $2,599.00 Us United States 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Currency Small Size NoteUs United States 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Currency Small Size Note $96.00
New .999 Fine Gold$1 Billion-$500 Banknote Rep.*Free Shipping In U.SNew .999 Fine Gold$1 Billion-$500 Banknote Rep.*Free Shipping In U.S $22.22 $50 1928 Gold Certificate Fr 2404 Pmg 66 Epq$50 1928 Gold Certificate Fr 2404 Pmg 66 Epq $9,450.00
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		1928 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate Fr#2402New listing 1928 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate Fr#2402 $99.99 Usa 20$ Twenty Dollars 1928 Gold Certificates Gold Seal 0718* *Usa 20$ Twenty Dollars 1928 Gold Certificates Gold Seal 0718* * $322.00 Was: $350.00
1928 $100 Gold Certificate Small Size Xf /N-0451928 $100 Gold Certificate Small Size Xf /N-045 $1,350.00 1922 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs Choice/Au/About/New-55 Ppq1922 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs Choice/Au/About/New-55 Ppq $1,059.00
Fr1173 Xf Gem 1922 $10.00 Gold Certificate Note Hv1264Fr1173 Xf Gem 1922 $10.00 Gold Certificate Note Hv1264 $575.00 Fr.2400 $10 1928 Gold Certificate Pmg Extremely Fine 45Fr.2400 $10 1928 Gold Certificate Pmg Extremely Fine 45 $325.00
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		Hgr 1928 $10 Gold Certificate (X-Rare Grade) Pcgs Gem New 65PpqNew listing Hgr 1928 $10 Gold Certificate (X-Rare Grade) Pcgs Gem New 65Ppq $540.00 1922 10 Gold Certificate fr 11731922 10 Gold Certificate fr 1173 $170.00
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		1928 $10 Gold Certificate Cga graded 20 (Very Fine)New listing 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Cga graded 20 (Very Fine) $75.00 New listing
		1928 $20 Gold Certificate - Vf- #020501New listing 1928 $20 Gold Certificate - Vf- #020501 $84.00
1928B $10 4-Consecutive Cu63 & 64 Frn Redeem in Gold on Demand Note Cleveland D1928B $10 4-Consecutive Cu63 & 64 Frn Redeem in Gold on Demand Note Cleveland D $650.00 Fr1178 Vf+ (App.) Gold Note With Sealed Tear At Bottom Hv1275Fr1178 Vf+ (App.) Gold Note With Sealed Tear At Bottom Hv1275 $1,399.00
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		$20 - 1928 Gold Certificate circulatedNew listing $20 - 1928 Gold Certificate circulated $1.00 New listing
		1928 $10 Gold Certificate w/ Detail - See Description - Xf- #020502New listing 1928 $10 Gold Certificate w/ Detail - See Description - Xf- #020502 $51.00
1882 $20 Large Size Gold Certificate Pcgs F-15 Fr #11781882 $20 Large Size Gold Certificate Pcgs F-15 Fr #1178 $699.00 1922 $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate Fr. 1187 Pcgs Vf-20 Very Fine Apparent1922 $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate Fr. 1187 Pcgs Vf-20 Very Fine Apparent $295.00
Fr#2152-A* 1934 $100 Rare Boston 4 Digit Lgs Star Pmg-Vf 30 Awesome Rarity!Fr#2152-A* 1934 $100 Rare Boston 4 Digit Lgs Star Pmg-Vf 30 Awesome Rarity! $1,199.99 1928B $20 1 of 2 Consec. Cu-64 Epq Fr.#2052G Frn Redeem in Gold Demand Chicago1928B $20 1 of 2 Consec. Cu-64 Epq Fr.#2052G Frn Redeem in Gold Demand Chicago $149.00
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