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The Face of Our Dollars

In February, we celebrate the historical leaders of our country on President’s Day. To celebrate these great men, Alpine Bank decided to look at some of the presidents who are featured on our money. Treasury.gov says that their records don’t suggest why specific presidents and statesmen were chosen for each bill. Let’s take a look at some of the facts about our past presidents to figure out how they came to be on our money.

George Washington – America’s first President and Founding Father was put on the dollar bill in 1869 - seven years after the bill was first printed. He appeared on the quarter in 1924 after Congress created the US George Washington Bicentennial Commission to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Abraham Lincoln – The 16th president is credited with preserving the Union and ending slavery in the US. He has appeared on the $5 bill since 1914. Teddy Roosevelt commissioned Lincoln to be on the penny as well in 1909 in honor of Lincoln’s 100th birthday.

Andrew Jackson – Jackson’s face replaced Cleveland’s on the $20 bill in 1928. Since then, several petitions have circulated to have this controversial political figure removed from the bill.

Ulysses S. Grant – Civil War general and 18th US President Ulysses S. Grant first appeared on the $50 bill in 1913. Legislation to put Ronald Reagan on the bill instead of Grant was voted down by Congress in 2005 and 2010.

Benjamin Franklin –One of only two non-presidents featured on our paper money, Franklin is thought to be “the only President of the United States who was never President of the United States.”  His picture first appeared on the $100 bill in 1914.

Paper money has changed a lot in the last 100 years. It will be interesting to see what changes are in the future! At Alpine Bank, our goal is to keep as many of these President’s faces in your wallet as possible! Contact us for tips and advice about saving.

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