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 $20 Gold Certificate F-2402 Gold Seal1928 $20 Gold Certificate F-2402 Gold Seal $240.00 1928 Gold Certificate Note $20.00 Dollar 319A1928 Gold Certificate Note $20.00 Dollar 319A $210.00
1928 $10 Gold Certificate ✪ Ch-Xf Extra Fine ✪ L@K Now Yellow Seal B ◢Edelmans◣1928 $10 Gold Certificate ✪ Ch-Xf Extra Fine ✪ L@K Now Yellow Seal B ◢Edelmans◣ $215.00 Gold Certificate $20,Series 1928,Nice Old NoteGold Certificate $20,Series 1928,Nice Old Note $160.00
Limited Edition - Us 1934 $10,000 Gold Certificate Note - Large Canvas ArtworkLimited Edition - Us 1934 $10,000 Gold Certificate Note - Large Canvas Artwork $99.00 ~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
1928 $10 Gold Certificate -Nice Note1928 $10 Gold Certificate -Nice Note $230.00 1928 $20 Gold Certificate, Great eye appeal, Yellow seal,High Grade (#2008)1928 $20 Gold Certificate, Great eye appeal, Yellow seal,High Grade (#2008) $349.00
Fr. 2402 $20 1928 Gold Coin Certificate Jackson XfFr. 2402 $20 1928 Gold Coin Certificate Jackson Xf $290.00 1929 $5 Brown Seal National Currency "Indianapolis Indiana" Vg/Fine! X359 Money1929 $5 Brown Seal National Currency "Indianapolis Indiana" Vg/Fine! X359 Money $16.00
1929 $20 Brown Seal National Currency Choice Vf Chicago!@ Old Us Paper Currency!1929 $20 Brown Seal National Currency Choice Vf Chicago!@ Old Us Paper Currency! $33.00 1928 $10 Gold-Certificate ♚Satr♚ ♚Star♚ Very Bright&Crisp1928 $10 Gold-Certificate ♚Satr♚ ♚Star♚ Very Bright&Crisp $1,500.00
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		1928-A $5 Fr#1951 2-New York Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #6New listing 1928-A $5 Fr#1951 2-New York Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #6 $74.99 Fr#2158-E* 1950-A $100 Scarce Richmond Star Pmg Vf 25 Scarce Star Note!Fr#2158-E* 1950-A $100 Scarce Richmond Star Pmg Vf 25 Scarce Star Note! $249.99
Two 9/11 $20 Commemorative Bills-1 Silver Foil & 1 Gold Foil Certificate w/ CoasTwo 9/11 $20 Commemorative Bills-1 Silver Foil & 1 Gold Foil Certificate w/ Coas $5.99 Tt Fr 2400 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pcgs 67 Ppq Superb Gem NewTt Fr 2400 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pcgs 67 Ppq Superb Gem New $4,750.00
1928 Gold Certificate Note $20.00 Lqqk "You Grade It"1928 Gold Certificate Note $20.00 Lqqk "You Grade It" $150.00 Set of 2-Rare 9/11 $20 Commemorative Bill Silver Foil CertificatesSet of 2-Rare 9/11 $20 Commemorative Bill Silver Foil Certificates $5.00
1928 $10 Gold Certificate Fr. 2400 Pmg 40Epq1928 $10 Gold Certificate Fr. 2400 Pmg 40Epq $340.00 1928 20 Dollar Gold Certificate1928 20 Dollar Gold Certificate $300.00
1928 $20 Gold Certificate Almost Uncirculated1928 $20 Gold Certificate Almost Uncirculated $365.00 1929 $20 National San Francisco- A Stuning Gem Uncirculated Trophy!1929 $20 National San Francisco- A Stuning Gem Uncirculated Trophy! $1,495.00
Mega Rare 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Star Strong Mid Grade+Mega Rare 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Star Strong Mid Grade+ $621.22 Fr2400* $10.00 1928 Gold Star Note Vf+ Hv7083Fr2400* $10.00 1928 Gold Star Note Vf+ Hv7083 $750.00
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 1928 $20 pure Gold Certificate in high grade1928 $20 pure Gold Certificate in high grade $1,190.00
Fr#2102-G* 1934 $50 Rare Chicago 5 Digit Star Pmg Chvf 35 Awesome RarityFr#2102-G* 1934 $50 Rare Chicago 5 Digit Star Pmg Chvf 35 Awesome Rarity $249.99 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr. 2402 Pcgs 451928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr. 2402 Pcgs 45 $350.00
Fr2402 $20.00 1928 Gold Note Vf-Xf S/N # A26832862A Bq9330Fr2402 $20.00 1928 Gold Note Vf-Xf S/N # A26832862A Bq9330 $250.00 Fr2405 $100 Gold Cert 1928 Series Woods / Mellon - Vf - Wl8912Fr2405 $100 Gold Cert 1928 Series Woods / Mellon - Vf - Wl8912 $1,150.00
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		Jc&C - Rare Fr.1184 1906 $20 Gold Certificate (Napier/Thompson) - F12 by PmgNew listing Jc&C - Rare Fr.1184 1906 $20 Gold Certificate (Napier/Thompson) - F12 by Pmg $119.50 Fr. 2400 $10 1928 Gold Certificate Very Fine+Fr. 2400 $10 1928 Gold Certificate Very Fine+ $170.00
Fr#2102-D* 1934 $50 Rare Cleveland 5 Digit Star Pmg Chvf 35 Awesome RarityFr#2102-D* 1934 $50 Rare Cleveland 5 Digit Star Pmg Chvf 35 Awesome Rarity $299.99 1928 $20 Gold Certificate, circulated1928 $20 Gold Certificate, circulated $175.00
1928 $100 Fr-2405 Gold Certificate Pmg 30 Very Fine - Stunning Note!1928 $100 Fr-2405 Gold Certificate Pmg 30 Very Fine - Stunning Note! $1,895.00 Rare 1928 $10 Gold CertificateRare 1928 $10 Gold Certificate $99.99
100 pieces Chinese Gold pack lot Customs Gold Units 5 Cgu 1930 Shanghai China !100 pieces Chinese Gold pack lot Customs Gold Units 5 Cgu 1930 Shanghai China ! $388.00 $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
Rare 1928 $10 Gold Note!Rare 1928 $10 Gold Note! $77.00 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
1928-B New-64 Ppq $10 2-Consecutive G-Chicago Fr#2002-G Frn Redeem in Gold Note1928-B New-64 Ppq $10 2-Consecutive G-Chicago Fr#2002-G Frn Redeem in Gold Note $259.00 Ac 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pmg 40 Fr 2400Ac 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pmg 40 Fr 2400 $279.00
1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pmg Vf15 Fr#2400 East Coast Coin & Collectables, Inc1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pmg Vf15 Fr#2400 East Coast Coin & Collectables, Inc $105.00 #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
1922 $10 Gold Certificate Fr#1173 Pmg 40 Extremely Fine -Hillegas Large Note1922 $10 Gold Certificate Fr#1173 Pmg 40 Extremely Fine -Hillegas Large Note $365.00 1929 $10 Brown Seal National Currency Chicago Fine! X286 Old Us Currency!1929 $10 Brown Seal National Currency Chicago Fine! X286 Old Us Currency! $19.50
~Gold $500 Banknote Rep.*Amazing Realistic Raised Color Detailed~Free-Shipping!~Gold $500 Banknote Rep.*Amazing Realistic Raised Color Detailed~Free-Shipping! $5.29 1928 $10 Gold Certificate F Nice Original No Tears1928 $10 Gold Certificate F Nice Original No Tears $140.00
1928 $100 Fr-2405 Gold Certificate Pmg Uncirculated 61- Gem Centering!1928 $100 Fr-2405 Gold Certificate Pmg Uncirculated 61- Gem Centering! $10,000.00 Fr2404 1928 Series $50.00 Gold Certificate Pcgs Vf 20 Hv6754Fr2404 1928 Series $50.00 Gold Certificate Pcgs Vf 20 Hv6754 $799.00
1928 $10 Gold Certificate Star Note ✪ Vf Very Fine ✪ L@K Now ◢Edelmans◣1928 $10 Gold Certificate Star Note ✪ Vf Very Fine ✪ L@K Now ◢Edelmans◣ $445.00 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
1928 $50 Gold Certificate "3 Digit" Serial Number S/N A00000111A1928 $50 Gold Certificate "3 Digit" Serial Number S/N A00000111A $2,499.00 Fr-2402 1928 Series $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate *Pmg 30 Very Fine*Fr-2402 1928 Series $20 Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate *Pmg 30 Very Fine* $269.95
$10 Gold 1928 Estate Excellent Condition Gold Certificate$10 Gold 1928 Estate Excellent Condition Gold Certificate $350.00 1928, $20 Fr 2402 Small Size Gold - Pmg 64 Epq1928, $20 Fr 2402 Small Size Gold - Pmg 64 Epq $2,200.00
Rare ! ~ 1928 ~ $20 ~ Gold Certificate Note ~ Woods~Mellon ~ Pmg ~ Very Fine ~30Rare ! ~ 1928 ~ $20 ~ Gold Certificate Note ~ Woods~Mellon ~ Pmg ~ Very Fine ~30 $288.88 Series of 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Note Fine Fr#2400Series of 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Note Fine Fr#2400 $139.50
$20.00 Gold Certificate, 1928, Fr. #2402, Vf$20.00 Gold Certificate, 1928, Fr. #2402, Vf $210.00 1922 $10.00 Gold Certificate1922 $10.00 Gold Certificate $102.00
Gold Hologram *Crackle* Genuine Legal Tender $1 U.S. Bill *Must See - Limited*Gold Hologram *Crackle* Genuine Legal Tender $1 U.S. Bill *Must See - Limited* $8.95 Fr. 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Currency Note About UncirculatedFr. 2402 1928 $20 Gold Certificate Currency Note About Uncirculated $299.95
1928-C $10 Vf-35 Epq Fr #2003D Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note D Cleveland1928-C $10 Vf-35 Epq Fr #2003D Frn Redeemable in Gold on Demand Note D Cleveland $475.00 Fr2400 $10 Gold Note - Xf - 1928 Series Woods / Mellon Bs1440Fr2400 $10 Gold Note - Xf - 1928 Series Woods / Mellon Bs1440 $290.00
1928-B $5 Fr#1952 D-Cleveland Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #171928-B $5 Fr#1952 D-Cleveland Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #17 $54.99 1928 $10 Gold Certificate,Woods/Mellon signatures, circulated Vf, Nice! (6540)1928 $10 Gold Certificate,Woods/Mellon signatures, circulated Vf, Nice! (6540) $51.01
Rare Note And Grade $50 Gold Certificate 1928 Pmg 55 With Epq !Rare Note And Grade $50 Gold Certificate 1928 Pmg 55 With Epq ! $660.00 1934 10$ bill. Unc. really nice.1934 10$ bill. Unc. really nice. $33.00
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 September 11th 9/11 $20 Silver Leaf Certificate W/CoaSeptember 11th 9/11 $20 Silver Leaf Certificate W/Coa $40.00
Fr-2404 1928 Series $50 Fifty Dollar Gold Certificate *Pmg 25 Very Fine*Fr-2404 1928 Series $50 Fifty Dollar Gold Certificate *Pmg 25 Very Fine* $649.95 1928 $20 Twenty Dollars Gold Certificate Currency Note1928 $20 Twenty Dollars Gold Certificate Currency Note $119.95
1928 $10 Gold Certificate Vf1928 $10 Gold Certificate Vf $149.00 Series 1922 $20 Us Large Size Gold NoteSeries 1922 $20 Us Large Size Gold Note $127.50
Simply Scarce Star $50 Gold Certificate 1928 Pmg FineSimply Scarce Star $50 Gold Certificate 1928 Pmg Fine $1,651.00 New listing
		1928 $5 Fr#1950 10-Kansas City Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #7New listing 1928 $5 Fr#1950 10-Kansas City Redeemable in Gold on Demand Frn Note - Lot #7 $59.99
1928 $10 Fr 2400* Gold Certificate * Star Note * Pcgs F15 * Rare *1928 $10 Fr 2400* Gold Certificate * Star Note * Pcgs F15 * Rare * $329.95 1928-B $10 Cu-63 & 64 Epq 2-Consecutive Frn Redeem Gold Cleveland D Fr#2002-D #11928-B $10 Cu-63 & 64 Epq 2-Consecutive Frn Redeem Gold Cleveland D Fr#2002-D #1 $269.00
Tt Fr 2400 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pmg 67 Epq Superb Gem Uncirculated!Tt Fr 2400 1928 $10 Gold Certificate Pmg 67 Epq Superb Gem Uncirculated! $3,950.00 Series 1928 $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate Grading Choice Crisp Fr #2400 2280ASeries 1928 $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate Grading Choice Crisp Fr #2400 2280A $650.00
1928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 #A28906760A Pcgs Vf-251928 $20 Gold Certificate Fr-2402 #A28906760A Pcgs Vf-25 $318.00 1928 $10 Gold Certificate . Pcgs Certified . No Reserve1928 $10 Gold Certificate . Pcgs Certified . No Reserve $41.00
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 $10 Gold Certificate, 1928, Fr2400, Woods-Mellon, Pmg Very Fine 25$10 Gold Certificate, 1928, Fr2400, Woods-Mellon, Pmg Very Fine 25 $225.00
1928 $20 ♚♚Gold Certificate♚♚ Pmg Gem Unc 66 Epq1928 $20 ♚♚Gold Certificate♚♚ Pmg Gem Unc 66 Epq $3,400.00 1928 $10.00 Gold Certificate Pmg Vf 251928 $10.00 Gold Certificate Pmg Vf 25 $220.00
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		1928 $100 Gold Certificate, Woods-Mellon Kl2747 - Not Certified / Not GradedNew listing 1928 $100 Gold Certificate, Woods-Mellon Kl2747 - Not Certified / Not Graded $579.99 New listing
		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 $49.99
Fr-2400 1928 Series $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate *Very Fine* Nice Solid NoteFr-2400 1928 Series $10 Ten Dollar Gold Certificate *Very Fine* Nice Solid Note $189.95 1928 $20 Small Size Gold Certificate Fr #24021928 $20 Small Size Gold Certificate Fr #2402 $119.00
1928 $20 Gold Certificate As Shown #4045A1928 $20 Gold Certificate As Shown #4045A $119.50 1928 $20 pure Gold Certificate-You Must L@K1928 $20 pure Gold Certificate-You Must L@K $820.00
1922 $10 Large Size Gold Certificate Fr #11731922 $10 Large Size Gold Certificate Fr #1173 $169.00 New listing
		1928 $10 Dollar Bill Gold Certificate Coin Note U.S Currency Paper MoneyNew listing 1928 $10 Dollar Bill Gold Certificate Coin Note U.S Currency Paper Money $95.00
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 $20 1928 Gold Certificate *More Currency 4 Sale*#-bh$20 1928 Gold Certificate *More Currency 4 Sale*#-bh $335.00
1928 Ten Dollar Gold Certifcate Fr 24001928 Ten Dollar Gold Certifcate Fr 2400 $125.00 1928 $20 Gold Certificate- you must L@K1928 $20 Gold Certificate- you must L@K $620.00
2x Commemorative 9/11 September 11Th $20 Gold Foil Certificate Free Shipping!2x Commemorative 9/11 September 11Th $20 Gold Foil Certificate Free Shipping! $29.95 Fr. 2402* 1928 $20 Twenty Dollars *Star* Gold Certificate Currency NoteFr. 2402* 1928 $20 Twenty Dollars *Star* Gold Certificate Currency Note $499.95
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