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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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Fr#2157-Lm* 1950 $100 Rare San Francisco 4 Digit Star Pmg Vf 25 Great RarityFr#2157-Lm* 1950 $100 Rare San Francisco 4 Digit Star Pmg Vf 25 Great Rarity $429.99 Fr.2402 $20 1928 Gold Certificate Pmg Choice Uncirculated 64Fr.2402 $20 1928 Gold Certificate Pmg Choice Uncirculated 64 $925.00
Fr2405 $100 Gold Cert 1928 Series Woods / Mellon - Vf - Wl8912Fr2405 $100 Gold Cert 1928 Series Woods / Mellon - Vf - Wl8912 $1,150.00 $50 1928 Gold Note Fr1240 - Vf+ - Very Crisp *$50 1928 Gold Note Fr1240 - Vf+ - Very Crisp * $1,500.00
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		1928 $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate Small Note - No Reserve Great Note LookNew l 00006000 isting 1928 $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate Small Note - No Reserve Great Note Look $50.00 Awesome Bold & Crisp High Grade 1928 $100 Gold Certificate! Pmg 50/n! A01178346AAwesome Bold & Crisp High Grade 1928 $100 Gold Certificate! Pmg 50/n! A01178346A $1,895.00
1928 Pmg*20-$10 Gold Certificate Fr#2400 (Aa Block) Woods/Mellon1928 Pmg*20-$10 Gold Certificate Fr#2400 (Aa Block) Woods/Mellon $55.00 September 11Th $20 Gold Leaf Coin Certificate W/Coa 9/11September 11Th $20 Gold Leaf Coin Certificate W/Coa 9/11 00004000 $17.00
1928 Gold Certificate Note $20.00 Dollar 319A1928 Gold Certificate Note $20.00 Dollar 319A $210.00 Fr2400 $10 Gold Note - Xf - 1928 Series Woods / Mellon Bs1440Fr2400 $10 Gold Note - Xf - 1928 Series Woods / Mellon Bs1440 $290.00
1928 $10.00 Gold Certificate Pmg Vf 251928 $10.00 Gold Certificate Pmg Vf 25 $225.00 $100. 1928 Gold Seal Gold Certificate Attractive Vf/Xf$100. 1928 Gold Seal Gold Certificate Attractive Vf/Xf $999.00
Fr-2404 1928 $50 Gold Certificate Pcgs Very-Fine 20 # A01605495AFr-2404 1928 $50 Gold Certificate Pcgs Very-Fine 20 # A01605495A $536.75 Was: $565.00 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 $114.00
1928-A $10 Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note Number 4 Cleveland Lot #111928-A $10 Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note Number 4 Cleveland Lot #11 $32.99 #Fr2400 $10 1928 Gold Note Woods / Mellon Pmg 65 Gem Unc Wl5795 Key#Fr2400 $10 1928 Gold Note Woods / Mellon Pmg 65 Gem Unc Wl5795 Key $1,995.00
Series of 1922 $20 Gold Certificate Speelman/White Twenty Dollars In Gold CoinSeries of 1922 $20 Gold Certificate Speelman/White Twenty Dollars In Gold Coin $362.17 1928 $20 ♚♚Gold Certificate♚♚ Pmg Gem Unc 66 Epq1928 $20 ♚♚Gold Certificate♚♚ Pmg Gem Unc 66 Epq $3,400.00
1928 $10 ♚♚Gold-Certificate♚ ♚ Pcgs Gem New 66 Ppq1928 $10 ♚♚Gold-Certificate♚ ♚ Pcgs Gem New 66 Ppq $2,500.00 Gold Certificate 1928 $20 Pmg graded vf 30Gold Certificate 1928 $20 Pmg graded vf 30 $53.00
1928 Small Size Gold Certificate Fr #2402 Pmg Vf301928 Small Size Gold Certificate Fr #2402 Pmg Vf30 $275.00 Fr1178 $20.00 High End Original Vf Gold Note Key Wl421Fr1178 $20.00 High End Original Vf Gold Note Key Wl421 $2,499.00
Usa 1928 $50 Gold Certificate ~ Fine Smaii Size *A01040744A *Usa 1928 $50 Gold Certificate ~ Fine Smaii Size *A01040744A * $999.00 Fr#2164-G* 1969 $100 Rare Chicago 2 Digit Star G00000042* Pcgs-Xf 40 Nice RarityFr#2164-G* 1969 $100 Rare Chicago 2 Digit Star G00000042* Pcgs-Xf 40 Nice Rarity $1,199.99
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		Series of 1928 $10 Gold Certificate NoteNew listing Series of 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Note $120.00 1929 $10 Brown Seal National Currency X605 New York Choice Fine! Old Currency!1929 $10 Brown Seal National Currency X605 New York Choice Fine! Old Currency! $20.50
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		Sharp Rare 1928 $20 Gold Note!New listing Sharp Rare 1928 $20 Gold Note! $24.99 1928 $20 Gold Certificate (Aa Block) Pmg 641928 $20 Gold Certificate (Aa Block) Pmg 64 $759.00
Fr. 2405 $100 1928 Gold Certificate Extra FineFr. 2405 $100 1928 Gold Certificate Extra Fine $1,296.00 1907 $10 Ten Dollar Gold Coin Certificate Large Size Rare Gold Seal Scarce1907 $10 Ten Dollar Gold Coin Certificate Large Size Rare Gold Seal Scarce $177.77
1928 $10 Gold Certificate Fr#2400 (Aa Block) Woods/Mellon1928 $10 Gold Certificate Fr#2400 (Aa Block) Woods/Mellon $42.00 1929 $20 National San Francisco- A Stuning Gem Uncirculated Trophy!1929 $20 National San Francisco- A Stuning Gem Uncirculated Trophy! $1,495.00
$50 1928=Gold Certificate=Star=Fr. 2404*=Rare=Only 21 Known=Pmg Vf 20$50 1928=Gold Certificate=Star=Fr. 2404*=Rare=Only 21 Known=Pmg Vf 20 $6,495.00 Nice Crisp Unc.1934 $10,000 Gold Certificate Copy Please Read Description!Nice Crisp Unc.1934 $10,000 Gold Certificate Copy Please Read Description! $2.99
1928 $20 Dollar Gold Certificate Note Fr 2402 Pmg Certified 25 Vf Currency1928 $20 Dollar Gold Certificate Note Fr 2402 Pmg Certified 25 Vf Currency $279.99 Cc&C $10 1928 - Gold Certificate Note A-A - Pmg Very Fine 25 - Ships Free!Cc&C $10 1928 - Gold Certificate Note A-A - Pmg Very Fine 25 - Ships Free! $199.99
Fr2404 $50 1928 Gold Cert Woods / Mellon Pmg 53 Unc Wl9835Fr2404 $50 1928 Gold Cert Woods / Mellon Pmg 53 Unc Wl9835 $2,250.00 Fr-2405 1928 $100 Gold Certificate Pcgs Very-Fine 30 # A01034615AFr-2405 1928 $100 Gold Certificate Pcgs Very-Fine 30 # A01034615A $949.99 Was: $999.99
1905 $20 gold certificate Fr. 1179 Pmg 35 clean note l@k1905 $20 gold certificate Fr. 1179 Pmg 35 clean note l@k $5,950.00 Fr1184 $20.00 1906 Gold "Napier/Thompson" Xf+ Gem; Only 86 Exist Wl108 KeyFr1184 $20.00 1906 Gold "Napier/Thompson" Xf+ Gem; Only 86 Exist Wl108 Key $2,250.00
Tt Fr 1173 1922 $10 Gold Certificate Hillegas Pmg 64 Epq Choice UncTt Fr 1173 1922 $10 Gold Certificate Hillegas Pmg 64 Epq Choice Unc $1,595.00 1928 $20 Fr 2402* Gold Certificate * Star Note * Pcgs Vf20 * Rare *1928 $20 Fr 2402* Gold Certificate * Star Note * Pcgs Vf20 * Rare * $599.95
1929 $50 Brown Seal National Currency Choice Vf Chicago! Very Nice! X269 Money!1929 $50 Brown Seal National Currency Choice Vf Chicago! Very Nice! X269 Money! $61.00 1928-B $10 L-San Franscisco Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note - Lot #241928-B $10 L-San Franscisco Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note - Lot #24 $37.99
2$ gold certificate2$ gold certificate $9.99 New listing
		1928 $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate Note! #1755ANew listing 1928 $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate Note! #1755A $29.00
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		1928 $10 Dollar Bill Gold Certificate Coin Note U.S Currency Paper Money Fr 2400New listing 1928 $10 Dollar Bill Gold Certificate Coin Note U.S Currency Paper Money Fr 2400 $79.00 1928 $10 Gold Certificate F Nice Original No Tears1928 $10 Gold Certificate F Nice Original No Tears $140.00
1928~$20 Us Gold Certificate~Vf+1928~$20 Us Gold Certificate~Vf+ $214.95 1928 $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate Graded Pcgs 20 Very Fine United States1928 $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate Graded Pcgs 20 Very Fine United States $300.00
Fr2400 $10 Gold Cert 1928 Series Woods / Mellon Pmg 53 Unc Bs3685Fr2400 $10 Gold Cert 1928 Series Woods / Mellon Pmg 53 Unc Bs3685 $450.00 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pmg 64Epq1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pmg 64Epq $745.00
Tt Fr 2405 1928 $100 Gold Certificate Pmg 40 Epq Surpasses Grade Expectations!Tt Fr 2405 1928 $100 Gold Certificate Pmg 40 Epq Surpasses Grade Expectations! $1,895.00 Fr# 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs Xf 45Fr# 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs Xf 45 $340.00
14 Pc. Lot- 7 Gold And 7 Silver~$1 Billion-$500 Banknote Rep.*Free Ship14 Pc. Lot- 7 Gold And 7 Silver~$1 Billion-$500 Banknote Rep.*Free Ship $33.33 F-2400 1928 Series $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate *Very Fine-Extremely Fine*F-2400 1928 Series $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate *Very Fine-Extremely Fine* $224.95
1928 $10 Gold Certificate Fr 2400 Bank Fresh Gem Uncirculated Great Color A+1928 $10 Gold Certificate Fr 2400 Bank Fresh Gem Uncirculated Great Color A+ $649.00 $20 1928 Gold Cert=Star=Fr. 2402*=Vivid Yellow Seal=Star Note=Pmg Abt Unc 55$20 1928 Gold Cert=Star=Fr. 2402*=Vivid Yellow Seal=Star Note=Pmg Abt Unc 55 $4,995.00
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				Impeccable 1928 $100 Gold Certificate Superb Gem UncNew listing Impeccable 1928 $100 Gold Certificate Superb Gem Unc $315.00 1928 $20 Gold Certificate - Fr 2402 A31088170A1928 $20 Gold Certificate - Fr 2402 A31088170A $358.88
U.S. - Series of 1928 $10.00 Gold CertificateU.S. - Series of 1928 $10.00 Gold Certificate $125.00 New listing
		
				Amazing 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Almost UncNew listing Amazing 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Almost Unc $57.00
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		1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 Fine #G20New listing 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 Fine #G20 $99.95 1928 $50 Gold Certificate, Fifty Dollars Payable in Gold, Gold Seal1928 $50 Gold Certificate, Fifty Dollars Payable in Gold, Gold Seal $325.00
Fr2400 $10 Gold Note 1928 Series Woods / Mellon - Au - Bs1438Fr2400 $10 Gold Note 1928 Series Woods / Mellon - Au - Bs1438 $375.00 F-2404 1928 Series $50 Fifty Dollar Gold Certificate *Pmg 25 Very Fine*F-2404 1928 Series $50 Fifty Dollar Gold Certificate *Pmg 25 Very Fine* $649.95
1928 $20 pure Gold Certificate-You Must L@K1928 $20 pure Gold Certificate-You Must L@K $820.00 1929 $20 Brown Seal National Currency! New York New York National! X201 Fine!1929 $20 Brown Seal National Currency! New York New York National! X201 Fine! $27.88
9-11 20 Dollar Gold Certificate. 22 Kt Gold. Ba8459 Serial Number. Collector Coa9-11 20 Dollar Gold Certificate. 22 Kt Gold. Ba8459 Serial Number. Collector Coa $116.95 Was: $129.95 1928 20 Dollar Gold Certificate1928 20 Dollar Gold Certificate $300.00
Usa 20$ Twenty Dollars 1928 Gold Certificates Gold Seal 0718* *Usa 20$ Twenty Dollars 1928 Gold Certificates Gold Seal 0718* * $347.00 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Woods & Mellon Vg Condition (b126)1928 $20 Gold Certificate Woods & Mellon Vg Condition (b126) $82.00
Series 1928 Ten Dollar Bill $10 Federal Reserve Note Gold Certificate PaperSeries 1928 Ten Dollar Bill $10 Federal Reserve Note Gold Certificate Paper $69.95 1928 Series $10 Gold Certificate1928 Series $10 Gold Certificate $189.00
1935 $1000 Bank of Canada English Pmg Choice Unc64, Cccs Gem65. Key Note1935 $1000 Bank of Canada English Pmg Choice Unc64, Cccs Gem65. Key Note $19,500.00 1928 $10 Gold Certificate, Great Condition!1928 $10 Gold Certificate, Great Condition! $99.00
1928 $20 Small Size Gold Certificate Fr #24021928 $20 Small Size Gold Certificate Fr #2402 $119.00 1922 $10 Gold Certificate1922 $10 Gold Certificate $185.00
1928 $20 pure Gold Certificate in high grade1928 $20 pure Gold Certificate in high grade $1,190.00 Gold Certificate $10 1928 Pmg graded vf 25 stamp inkGold Certificate $10 1928 Pmg graded vf 25 stamp ink $32.09
1928 $20 Gold Certificate-2 con-Fr#2402-Gem-Rare-1Pc Only=$24801928 $20 Gold Certificate-2 con-Fr#2402-Gem-Rare-1Pc Only=$2480 $2,480.00 1928 $50 Gold Certificate - Fr # 24041928 $50 Gold Certificate - Fr # 2404 $2,340.00
Nice *Rare* Bold Vf *Star Note* 1928 $10 Gold Certificate! Pmg 25! *00567965ANice *Rare* Bold Vf *Star Note* 1928 $10 Gold Certificate! Pmg 25! *00567965A $449.00 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 #A28906760A Pcgs Vf-251928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 #A28906760A Pcgs Vf-25 $318.00
Fr1173 $10.00 1922 Beautiful Au Gem Hv1918Fr1173 $10.00 1922 Beautiful Au Gem Hv1918 $799.00 1928 $50 Gold Certificate - A block1928 $50 Gold Certificate - A block $2,470.00
F-2402 1928 Series $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate *Pmg 30 Very Fine*F-2402 1928 Series $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate *Pmg 30 Very Fine* $269.95 New listing
		1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402* - Star Note - Graded Pcgs 25 - Very FineNew listing 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402* - Star Note - Graded Pcgs 25 - Very Fine $559.89
United States 1928 $20 Gold Certificate A00677886AUnited States 1928 $20 Gold Certificate A00677886A $119.95 2006 American Liberty Dollar $1000 Gold Certificate - Specimen Only2006 American Liberty Dollar $1000 Gold Certificate - Specimen Only $286.00
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		Pcgs Xf 45Ppq 1928 Fr. 2404 $50 Gold CertificateNew listing Pcgs Xf 45Ppq 1928 Fr. 2404 $50 Gold Certificate $1,099.99 Fr#2100-D* 1928 $50 Rare Cleveland 4 Digit Star Pmg Chvf 35 Awesome RarityFr#2100-D* 1928 $50 Rare Cleveland 4 Digit Star Pmg Chvf 35 Awesome Rarity $749.99
Tt Fr 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs 66 Ppq Gem NewTt Fr 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Pcgs 66 Ppq Gem New $2,900.00 Ac 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pcgs 55 apparent Fr 2400Ac 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pcgs 55 apparent Fr 2400 $259.00
Tt Fr 2408 1928 $1,000 Gold Certificate Scarce Pmg 35Tt Fr 2408 1928 $1,000 Gold Certificate Scarce Pmg 35 $24,500.00 United States 10$ Ten Dollars 1928 Gold Certificate Vf Circulated BanknoteUnited States 10$ Ten Dollars 1928 Gold Certificate Vf Circulated Banknote $150.00
1928 $50 Gold Certificate, Ef1928 $50 Gold Certificate, Ef $650.00 1906 $20 Gold Note - Napier/Thompson Vf-Xf Rare Fr11841906 $20 Gold Note - Napier/Thompson Vf-Xf Rare Fr1184 $1,900.00
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 American Mint 1863 $100 Gold Certificate Greatest Us Currency Notes Ltd CasedAmerican Mint 1863 $100 Gold Certificate Greatest Us Currency Notes Ltd Cased $20.94
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