Five U.S. Dollar Bill - 1896 Educational Series

Serge Averbukh

Toronto, Canada

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Introducing ‘Paper Currency’ collection by Serge Averbukh, showcasing convergent media paintings of world paper currency of past and present, enhanced and transformed into large fine art prints, stylized to preserve look and feel of various mediums. Here you will find framed and wrapped/stretched canvas fine art prints, featuring reproduction of a Five U.S. Dollar Bill from the 1896 Educational Series.
Americana refers to artifacts, or a collection of artifacts, related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States. Many kinds of material fall within the definition of Americana: paintings, prints and drawings; license plates or entire vehicles, household objects, tools and weapons; flags, plaques and statues, and so on. Patriotism and nostalgia play defining roles in the subject. The things involved need not be old, but need to have the appropriate associations. The term may be used to describe the theme of a museum or collection, or of goods for sale.
The Educational Series of notes is the informal nickname given by numismatists to a series of United States Silver Certificates produced by the United States Treasury in 1896, after Bureau of Engraving and Printing chief Claude M. Johnson ordered a new currency design. The notes depict various allegorical motifs and are considered by some numismatists to be the most beautiful monetary designs ever produced by the United States. The obverse of the notes depict a neoclassical allegorical motif, which dominates the front of the note. The motifs are meant as representations of the theme written on the note. The back contained the profiles of two American figures (usually famous Americans) set against an ornate background. The term “Educational” is derived from the title of the vignette on the $1 note, “History Instructing Youth”. The naked breasts of the female figures on the $5 Silver Certificate reportedly caused some minor controversy when several Boston society ladies took offense to the design. Some bankers reportedly refused to accept the notes in transactions, and the term banned in Boston allegedly originates from the $5 Silver Certificate. In response the Bureau of Engraving and Printing prepared a “draped” bosom $5 vignette design for a proposed 1897 series. The redesign also included a highly modified front face but was never utilized.

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