Starting in 1928, the United States began issuing its currency in a reduced size format. People were using new-fangled "wallets," and the large size notes just didn't fit in them well. Small size notes came with many different colored seals and serial numbers, each reflecting a different type of issue: Silver Certificates were blue, Gold Certificates were gold, and Legal Tender Notes were red.
In addition, Federal Reserve Notes (green) and National Currency (brown) filled out the spectrum. Collectors have begun to realize how scarce nice condition small size notes are, and have been eagerly buying them up. With the recent changes in the designs of our paper currency, the earlier notes are all disappearing.
A beautiful note with rich color and brilliant white paper. Great eye appeal!
An outstanding example of this tougher issue, Funny Back.
Dallas District. Bright paper and strong color. Superior appearance for the grade.
Dallas District. Folding is light and still looks great.
One of the most desirable small size notes ever printed. This rarity saw a production run of only 216,000 notes before production was stopped with the retirement of William H. Woodin and the administration's change in silver policy. Records show that 60,000 notes were destroyed before release. An unquestioned, 'key' note, this example is simply splendid with rich blue and black inks and lovely white paper. The corners are sharp and the centering is solid. The appearance is at the upper end of the grade and appears to be very conservatively graded. Outstanding and very desirable.
An extremely rare 1934 mule variety of a popular North African issue. The note is well centered and the paper has wonderful eye-appeal. Seldom seen in any grade and highly desirable.
Very scarce in any uncirculated grade with a reported printing of only 337,740.
Narrow Variety STAR note.
Kansas City District. Bold ink rests upon bright paper. A scarce star note.
1995 $2 Premium Millennium Federal Reserve Star Set. All 12 Districts with the same matching serial number (20001540*). Original BEP presentation portfolio.
Original pack of 100 with original bank strap. San Francisco District. Star packs are quite scarce.