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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Fr2402 $20 Gold Cert 1928 Series Woods / Mellon #A22709273A Vf-Xf Bs5010Fr2402 $20 Gold Cert 1928 Series Woods / Mellon #A22709273A Vf-Xf Bs5010 $225.00 1928 $20 Us Gold Certificate Fr. 2402 Pcgs 64Ppq Plate E108/1071928 $20 Us Gold Certificate Fr. 2402 Pcgs 64Ppq Plate E108/107 $999.99
Fr#2402 $20 1928 Gold Certificate Pmg 25Vf EpqFr#2402 $20 1928 Gold Certificate Pmg 25Vf Epq $289.00 1928 $10 Gold Certificate-Circulated-Wo ods/Mellon-Gold Seal K6891928 $10 Gold Certificate-Circulated-Wo ods/Mellon-Gold Seal K689 $125.00
Ac Fr 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs 63 Ppq !Ac Fr 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs 63 Ppq ! $699.00 Fr#2163-G* 1963-A $100 Scarce Chicago Star Pmg Choice Au 58 Epq Nice Star Note!Fr#2163-G* 1963-A $100 Scarce Chicago Star Pmg Choice Au 58 Epq Nice Star Note! $259.99
1928 $20 Gold certificate Pcgs Currency grade of 30 Very Fine1928 $20 Gold certificate Pcgs Currency grade of 30 Very Fine $550.00 New listing
		1928 $50 Fifty Dollars Gold Certificate Fr- 2404 Note Choice Extra FineNew listing 1928 $50 Fifty Dollars Gold Certificate Fr- 2404 Note Choice Extra Fine $529.99
1928 $100 Gold Certificate Pmg Vf 25 Fr. 2405 Nice Original Note1928 $100 Gold Certificate Pmg Vf 25 Fr. 2405 Nice Original Note $799.99 1928-A $5 Fr#1951 2-New York Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #61928-A $5 Fr#1951 2-New York Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #6 $66.99
Super Rare Nice 1922 (*Star*) $20 Gold Cert. Large Pmg Vf20 Net Fr#1187* NrSuper Rare Nice 1922 (*Star*) $20 Gold Cert. Large Pmg Vf20 Net Fr#1187* Nr $589.49 Fr.2400 $10 1928 Gold Certificate Pmg Gem Uncirculated 66 EpqFr.2400 $10 1928 Gold Certificate Pmg Gem Uncirculated 66 Epq $1,895.00
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		1928 $ 10 Dollars Gold Certificate Fr- 2400 Note Choice Very FineNew listing 1928 $ 10 Dollars Gold Certificate Fr- 2400 Note Choice Very Fine $139.99 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs 63 Ch New Ppq Twenty Dollar Fr#2402 Yellow Seal1928 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs 63 Ch New Ppq Twenty Dollar Fr#2402 Yellow Seal $895.00
Fr2402 $20 Gold Cert - Xf - Woods / Mellon 1928 Series #A25693970A Bs5018Fr2402 $20 Gold Cert - Xf - Woods / Mellon 1928 Series #A25693970A Bs5018 $299.00 Fr2402 $20 Gold Cert 1928 Series Woods / Mellon Xf #A25022534A Bs5014Fr2402 $20 Gold Cert 1928 Series Woods / Mellon Xf #A25022534A Bs5014 $289.00
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		1928-B $5 H-St. Louis Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #1New listing 1928-B $5 H-St. Louis Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #1 $43.99 $50 Gold Certificate Series Of 1928 "Woods & Mellon"$50 Gold Certificate Series Of 1928 "Woods & Mellon" $476.00
1928 $50 Dollar Note - Gold Certificate1928 $50 Dollar Note - Gold Certificate $700.00 Fr#2164-J* 1969 $100 Rare Kansas City 3 Digit Star Pmg Ch Vf 35 Great Star Note!Fr#2164-J* 1969 $100 Rare Kansas City 3 Digit Star Pmg Ch Vf 35 Great Star Note! $599.99
Fr#2164-C* 1969 $100 Scarce Philadelphia Star Pmg Xf 40 Epq Great Star Note!Fr#2164-C* 1969 $100 Scarce Philadelphia Star Pmg Xf 40 Epq Great Star Note! 00004000 $299.99 Fr2404 $50.00 1928 Gold Note Xf Crisp Wl5567Fr2404 $50.00 1928 Gold Note Xf Crisp Wl5567 $995.00
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		1928 $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate Graded Pcgs 15 Fine United StatesNew listing 1928 $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate Graded Pcgs 15 Fine United States $199.99 Fr.2400 $10 1928 Gold Certificate About UncirculatedFr.2400 $10 1928 Gold Certificate About Uncirculated $295.00
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 1928 $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate Pcgs 63 Ppq Premium Paper Quality! Rare!1928 $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate Pcgs 63 Ppq Premium Paper Quality! Rare! $579.00
Vintage 1928 Series United States Federal Reserve Ten Dollar Bill $10 Circ NoteVintage 1928 Series United States Federal Reserve Ten Dollar Bill $10 Circ Note $6.50 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
Fr#2166-I* 1969-C $100 Rare Minneapolis 5 Digit Star Pmg Xf 40 Epq Great Note!Fr#2166-I* 1969-C $100 Rare Minneapolis 5 Digit Star Pmg Xf 40 Epq Great Note! $399.99 Fr#2164-F* 1969 $100 Scarce Atlanta Star Pmg Xf 40 Great Star Note!Fr#2164-F* 1969 $100 Scarce Atlanta Star Pmg Xf 40 Great Star Note! $299.99
Series of 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Note Pmg 64 Choice Unc Fr#2402Series of 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Note Pmg 64 Choice Unc Fr#2402 $920.00 Fr#2157-D* 1950 $100 Rare Cleveland 4 Digit Star Pcgs Vf 30 Great Note!Fr#2157-D* 1950 $100 Rare Cleveland 4 Digit Star Pcgs Vf 30 Great Note! $449.99
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		1928 $20 Gold NoteNew listing 1928 $20 Gold Note $40.00 1935 $1000 Bank of Canada English Pmg Gem Unc65 Epq. Key Note1935 $1000 Bank of Canada English Pmg Gem Unc65 Epq. Key Note $21,375.00 Was: $22,500.00
Fr#2169-E* 1981 $100 Rare Richmond Star Note Pmg Vf 30 Great Star NoteFr#2169-E* 1981 $100 Rare Richmond Star Note Pmg Vf 30 Great Star Note $999.99 Fr#2173-C* 1990 $100 Scarce Philadelphia Star Pmg Choice Xf 45 Epq Very Nice!Fr#2173-C* 1990 $100 Scarce Philadelphia Star Pmg Choice Xf 45 Epq Very Nice! $189.99
Us 1928 $100 Gold Certificate Fr2404 Vf-Xf (-824)Us 1928 $100 Gold Certificate Fr2404 Vf-Xf (-824) $899.95 Was: $999.95 New Lot$1,2,5,10,20,50,$100 Banknote.Reps.*W/Coa+Tiny Silver BarNew Lot$1,2,5,10,20,50,$100 Banknote.Reps.*W/Coa+Tiny Silver Bar $33.33
Fr#2168-I* 1977 $100 Rare Minneapolis Star Note Pmg Choice Au 58 Great Star NoteFr#2168-I* 1977 $100 Rare Minneapolis Star Note Pmg Choice Au 58 Great Star Note $499.99 1928 $10 Ten Dollar Bill Gold Certificate Coin Note Currency Paper Money Fr 24001928 $10 Ten Dollar Bill Gold Certificate Coin Note Currency Paper Money Fr 2400 $135.00
Us 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr 2402 Vf (-411)Us 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr 2402 Vf (-411) $179.95 Was: $199.95 $100 Gold Certificate 1928 Yellow Seal$100 Gold Certificate 1928 Yellow Seal $1,566.00
$20.00 1988A Chicago Low(#G00000078B)Pristine Gemcu and Epq$20.00 1988A Chicago Low(#G00000078B)Pristine Gemcu and Epq $200.00 Fr#2167-I* 1974 $100 Rare Minneapolis Star Note Pmg Au 50 Great Star Note!Fr#2167-I* 1974 $100 Rare Minneapolis Star Note Pmg Au 50 Great Star Note! $299.99
Fr#2164-D* 1969 $100 Scarce Cleveland Star Pmg Xf 40 Great Star Note!Fr#2164-D* 1969 $100 Scarce Cleveland Star Pmg Xf 40 Great Star Note! $399.99 1928 $20 Gold Certificate ~ Bright Bold & Crisp About Uncirculated Note1928 $20 Gold Certificate ~ Bright Bold & Crisp About Uncirculated Note $359.99
Fr2404 1928 $50.00 Gold Certificate Pcgs 25 Vf+ Note Hv3640Fr2404 1928 $50.00 Gold Certificate Pcgs 25 Vf+ Note Hv3640 $750.00 1928 $100 Fr-2405 Gold Certificate Pmg 35 Choice Very Fine - Stunning Note!1928 $100 Fr-2405 Gold Certificate Pmg 35 Choice Very Fine - Stunning Note! $2,495.00
#Fr1172 $10.00 Xf Gold Note Hv558#Fr1172 $10.00 Xf Gold Note Hv558 $599.00 1928 $20 Gold Certificate F-2402 (Vf)1928 $20 Gold Certificate F-2402 (Vf) $119.95 Was: $139.95
$50 1928 Gold Certificate Fr 2404 Pmg 66 Epq$50 1928 Gold Certificate Fr 2404 Pmg 66 Epq $9,450.00 New listing
		1928 Circulated Twenty Dollar Gold CertificateNew listing 1928 Circulated Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate $29.99
Fr1173 $10.00 High End Gem Crisp Gold Note Hv1593Fr1173 $10.00 High End Gem Crisp Gold Note Hv1593 $850.00 Fr#2163-G* 1963-A $100 Scarce 4 Digit Serial Chicago Star Pmg Choice Vf 35 Nice!Fr#2163-G* 1963-A $100 Scarce 4 Digit Serial Chicago Star Pmg Choice Vf 35 Nice! $249.99
Series of 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Note Pmg 65 Gem Uncirculated Epq Fr#2402Series of 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Note Pmg 65 Gem Uncirculated Epq Fr#2402 $1,825.00 1928 $10 Us Gold Certificate Small Note Gold Seal Woods Mellon1928 $10 Us Gold Certificate Small Note Gold Seal Woods Mellon $38.00
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		1929 $10 Brown Seal National Currency Choice Fine Chicago! X216 Old Us CurrencyNew listing 1929 $10 Brown Seal National Currency Choice Fine Chicago! X216 Old Us Currency $0.99 Fr#2164-I* 1969 $100 Rare Minneapolis 3 Digit Star Pmg Vf 30 Great Star Note!Fr#2164-I* 1969 $100 Rare Minneapolis 3 Digit Star Pmg Vf 30 Great Star Note! $599.99
1928 $10 Dollar Gold Certificate Pay to Bearer in Coin Banknote Nice Shape #M2631928 $10 Dollar Gold Certificate Pay to Bearer in Coin Banknote Nice Shape #M263 $89.99 West Point Coins ~ 1928 $10 Gold CertificateWest Point Coins ~ 1928 $10 Gold Certificate $109.99
Ac 1928 Fr 2405 $100 Gold Certificate Pmg 40 EpqAc 1928 Fr 2405 $100 Gold Certificate Pmg 40 Epq $1,899.00 New listing
		Hgr 1928 $20 (Gold Certificate) Awesome GradeNew listing Hgr 1928 $20 (Gold Certificate) Awesome Grade $80.75
Fr1173 Xf Gem 1922 $10.00 Gold Certificate Note Hv1264Fr1173 Xf Gem 1922 $10.00 Gold Certificate Note Hv1264 $575.00 $50 1928 Fr-2404 Pcgs 25 Very Fine Gold Certificate$50 1928 Fr-2404 Pcgs 25 Very Fine Gold Certificate $650.00
Fr#2165-H* 1969-A $100 Rare St. Louis 5 Digit Star Pmg Vf 30 Great Star Note!Fr#2165-H* 1969-A $100 Rare St. Louis 5 Digit Star Pmg Vf 30 Great Star Note! $399.99 *1-Known Pmg* $10,000 1900 "Gold Note" Fr#1225H Pmg Xf/40Epq Only Known Pmg Xf*1-Known Pmg* $10,000 1900 "Gold Note" Fr#1225H Pmg Xf/40Epq Only Known Pmg Xf $4,495.95
Fr2402 $20 1928 Gold Note Pmg Very Choice Unc 64 Wlm318Fr2402 $20 1928 Gold Note Pmg Very Choice Unc 64 Wlm318 $950.00 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Gold Seal Woods And Mellon1928 $10 Gold Certificate Gold Seal Woods And Mellon $95.00
Fr#2160-L* 1950-C $100 Scarce San Francisco Star Pmg Chvf 35 Scarce Star Note!Fr#2160-L* 1950-C $100 Scarce San Francisco Star Pmg Chvf 35 Scarce Star Note! $224.99 Fr#2170-L* 1981-A $100 Rare San Francisco Star Note Pmg Xf 40 Great Star NoteFr#2170-L* 1981-A $100 Rare San Francisco Star Note Pmg Xf 40 Great Star Note $799.99
Fr#2168-K* 1977 $100 Rare Dallas Star Note Pmg Vf 30 Great Star NoteFr#2168-K* 1977 $100 Rare Dallas Star Note Pmg Vf 30 Great Star Note $399.99 $100.00 Gold Certificate, 1928, Fr. #2405, Vf$100.00 Gold Certificate, 1928, Fr. #2405, Vf $1,100.00
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		1929 $10 Brown Seal National Currency New York Choice Fine X715 Old Currency!New listing 1929 $10 Brown Seal National Currency New York Choice Fine X715 Old Currency! $7.61 1922 $10 Large Size Gold Certificate Fr #11731922 $10 Large Size Gold Certificate Fr #1173 $169.00
~Gold $500 Banknote Rep.*Amazing Realistic Raised Color Detailed~Free-Shipping!~Gold $500 Banknote Rep.*Amazing Realistic Raised Color Detailed~Free-Shipping! $5.29 1922 $20 Gold Certificate Pmg 25 Vf Twenty Dollar Fr#1187 Speelman / White1922 $20 Gold Certificate Pmg 25 Vf Twenty Dollar Fr#1187 Speelman / White $339.00
Fr#2166-J* 1969-C $100 Rare Kansas City 6 Digit Star Pmg Au 50 Great Note!Fr#2166-J* 1969-C $100 Rare Kansas City 6 Digit Star Pmg Au 50 Great Note! $299.99 1928 $100 Gold Certificate Fr 2405 Pcgs Vf351928 $100 Gold Certificate Fr 2405 Pcgs Vf35 $999.99
Fr#2166-G* 1969-C $100 Rare Chicago 6 Digit Star Pmg Ch Vf 35 Great Star NoteFr#2166-G* 1969-C $100 Rare Chicago 6 Digit Star Pmg Ch Vf 35 Great Star Note $299.99 Fr#2166-E* 1969-C $100 Rare Richmond 6 Digit Star Pmg Au 55 Epq Great Star NoteFr#2166-E* 1969-C $100 Rare Richmond 6 Digit Star Pmg Au 55 Epq Great Star Note $399.99
1928 A Series $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate low serial count.1928 A Series $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate low serial count. $155.00 Series 1928 United States $10 Dollar Gold CertificateSeries 1928 United States $10 Dollar Gold Certificate $47.00
1928 $50 Gold Certificate Fr-2404 - Graded Pmg 63 Epq - Choice Uncirculated1928 $50 Gold Certificate Fr-2404 - Graded Pmg 63 Epq - Choice Uncirculated $3,099.89 1928-B $5 Fr#1952 D-Cleveland Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #71928-B $5 Fr#1952 D-Cleveland Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #7 $65.99
Fr.2400 1928 $10.00 Gold Certificate - Fine ExampleFr.2400 1928 $10.00 Gold Certificate - Fine Example $74.95 Fr1173a $10.00 1922 Gold Note Au+ Hv1278Fr1173a $10.00 1922 Gold Note Au+ Hv1278 $750.00
Fr#2157-G* 1950 $100 Rare Chicago 5 Digit Star Pmg Xf 40 Great Note!Fr#2157-G* 1950 $100 Rare Chicago 5 Digit Star Pmg Xf 40 Great Note! $499.99 Fr1172 Very High End $10.00 Original Vf-Xf Gem Note Hv1517Fr1172 Very High End $10.00 Original Vf-Xf Gem Note Hv1517 $525.00
~Full-Set~31Pc.Coin+Gold& Silver Rep.*Banknotes$1-$1Billio n (14 Gold/14 Silver)~Full-Set~31Pc.Coin+Gold& Silver Rep.*Banknotes$1-$1Billio n (14 Gold/14 Silver) $61.11 Ac 1928 Fr 2405 $100 Gold Certificate Pcgs 30 !Ac 1928 Fr 2405 $100 Gold Certificate Pcgs 30 ! $999.00
$100, Kobe Bryant 1996-2016 Mvp .999 Gold. Real Gold Flake. (Not currency)$100, Kobe Bryant 1996-2016 Mvp .999 Gold. Real Gold Flake. (Not currency) $5.75 Fr#2163-C* 1963-A $100 Scarce Philadelphia Star Pmg Choice Vf 35 Epq Very Nice!Fr#2163-C* 1963-A $100 Scarce Philadelphia Star Pmg Choice Vf 35 Epq Very Nice! $209.99
1928 $20 Gold Certificate F-2402 Choice Au1928 $20 Gold Certificate F-2402 Choice Au $397.95 Fr2400 $10 Gold Cert Woods / Mellon Vf-Xf 1928 Series #A40886809A Bs5006Fr2400 $10 Gold Cert Woods / Mellon Vf-Xf 1928 Series #A40886809A Bs5006 $225.00
Old Vintage 1928 Twenty Dollar Bill $20 Circulated Federal Reserve NoteOld Vintage 1928 Twenty Dollar Bill $20 Circulated Federal Reserve Note $23.50 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 Sharp Extra Fine Collectible1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 Sharp Extra Fine Collectible $199.99
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 $50 1928 Gold Certificate Fr #2404 - Pmg 65 Epq Pcgs Ppq$50 1928 Gold Certificate Fr #2404 - Pmg 65 Epq Pcgs Ppq $5,995.00
Fr. 2400 1928 $10 Ten Dollars Gold Certificate Currency NoteFr. 2400 1928 $10 Ten Dollars Gold Certificate Currency Note $79.95 Decent Series 1928, $20. Twenty Dollar Gold CertificateDecent Series 1928, $20. Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate $77.00
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