This large size note features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the left side and an allegory representing Architecture and Liberty on the right. Charles Burt engraved the portrait of Lincoln based on a photograph by Anthony Berger in 1864. Burt’s engraving remained in use on other large-sized notes until 1928 when currency was reduced to the smaller size we use today. This portrait is well known to most who have handled a $5 note as the same engraving of Abraham Lincoln was then used on the five-dollar bill from 1928 until 1999.
The featured $100 note is signed by John Allison and John New. The seal is small and red with rays. When creating the 1875 series, the words “TREASURY NOTE” on the front were changed to “UNITED STATES NOTE”.
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