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.
Experimental X-B block.
An outstanding example of this scarce issue.
Dallas District. Bright paper and strong color. Superior appearance for the grade.
Dallas District. Folding is light and still looks great.
Very scarce in any uncirculated grade.
Wide. Fresh out of the pack appearance.
Narrow. Very attractive.
Narrow Variety STAR note.
Specimen. An attractive specimen note from the New York district shows the typical ladder serial number. Specimen is printed twice both on the front and back and 0046 is printed at the lower right corner on the back.