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US Currency: In Hemp We Trust

Posted on May 30, 2000

By Eric Pollitt, Global Hemp

The saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” certainly holds its merit in this photo of an early 20th century US Federal Reserve Note. Those unfamiliar with the modern hemp movement would say that the photo raises more questions than it does answers. However, this photo will serve as a valuable asset to those interested in hemp’s past–and its future!

1914 US Federal Reserve Note

1914 US Federal Reserve Note

It is interesting to note that this US currency, one in a series of several different currencies circulating at this time (e.g., Gold Certificates, Silver Certificates), was issued one year after the USDA published its famous 1913 Yearbook, which was devoted solely to hemp. Lester Dewey wrote under Stacking “Hemp stalks which are to be stacked are bound in bundles about 10 inches in diameter…” which looks similar to that of the picture above.

1914 US Federal Reserve Note

1914 US Federal Reserve Note

The “Hemp Bill” is available in the following series:

  • Large-Size Ten Dollar Note, Federal Reserve Note, Series 1914/Red Seal
  • Small-Size Ten Dollar Note, Federal Reserve Note, Series 1915/Blue Seal
  • Small-Size Ten Dollar Note, Federal Reserve Note, Series 1918/Blue Seal

“The back was designed by Clair Aubrey Huston; Farming, a scene in Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania, was engraved by Marcus W Baldwin; Industry, a mill in Joliet, Illinois, was engraved by HL Chorlton. The first day of issue was November 16, 1914.”

– The Comprehensive Catalog of US Paper Money, All United States Federal Currency Since 1812, Sixth Edition, Gene Hessler, ppg. 173-176.

Clair Aubrey Huston was born in Philly in 1857 and did the front side of the 1944 $10/denomination.

Note that Pennsylvania produced hemp through the 1900’s, and the crop depicted on the currency is too tall to be wheat or flax, so it’s rather obvious that it’s hemp.

If you have any further information regarding this currency and/or the painting “Farming,” by Clair Aubrey Huston, please feel free to contact Global Hemp.

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5 Responses to US Currency: In Hemp We Trust

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