The Faces on the Bills You've Never Seen
Today, the currency of the United States, the U.S. dollar, is printed in bills in denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100.
At one time, however, it also included five larger denominations. Shown here is a $100,000 Gold certificate from 1934. High-denomination currency was prevalent from the very beginning of U.S. Government issue (1861). $500, $1,000, and $5,000 interest bearing notes were issued in 1861, and $10,000 gold certificates arrived in 1865. There are many different designs and types of high-denomination notes.
The high-denomination bills were issued in a small size in 1929, along with the $1 through $100 denominations. Their designs were as follows:
- The $500 bill featured a portrait of William McKinley
- The $1,000 bill featured a portrait of Grover Cleveland
- The $5,000 bill featured a portrait of James Madison
- The $10,000 bill featured a portrait of Salmon P. Chase
- The $100,000 bill featured a portrait of Woodrow Wilson
See them all at Wikipedia.