Constitutional Money

January 18th, 2013

I knew that Salmon Chase, the former Secretary of the Treasury, and Chief Justice of the United States was on a $10,000 bill.

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But I did not know that Chief Justice Marshall was on a $500 bill!

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The back of the Marshall note shows De Soto’s discovering the Mississippi River.

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Well, the Mississippi River was certainly “discovered” before, but in terms of Johnson v. M’Intosh, that is accurate.

While we are on the topic of constitutional money, at one point James Madison was on the $5,000 bill.

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The back of the Madison note shows the resignation of General Washington at Annapolis.

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And, while we are on the topic, the flip-side of the $2 bill is the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Interestingly, an earlier version of the $2 Bill had Monticello on the back.

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The other non-Presidents on currency are Franklin ($100) and Hamilton ($10).

Photographs from Wikipedia.