Got this at the bank

The very nice people at my bank (Advantage Bank in Boulder) know that I like to collect interesting or unusual coins and bills, even if they're really not worth more than their face value. I stopped in to the branch yesterday just to see if they had anything, and Sharon had this for me. It's not in great shape, as you can tell from the image, but I hope I look as good when I'm as old.

For the monetary history buffs out there, the signature on the lower left, the Treasurer of the United States, is one W. A. Julian, and on the right, the Secretary of the Treasury, is Fred M. Vinson.

I have to say I was confused by Vinson's signature being on this note since all the information I can find says that he was named Treasury Secretary by Truman in 1945. Apparently this series was reissued for quite some time after 1935, just changing the letter. In fact, this page shows the 1935 series being reissued into the mid-1960s (the last series being 1935H). The 1935B is relatively rare because Vinson only held the Treasury post for 11 months -- after which he became the 13th Chief Justice of the United States. But it's still not worth more than $1 in this condition. (A $1 note of this series in essentially perfect condition is probably worth $10.)

By the way, William Alexander Julian, the Treasurer of the United States at the time is the last man ever to hold that job. Harry Truman replaced Julian with a woman, and every president since has appointed a woman to the job, with six of the last ten being Hispanic women. Political correctness right on the face of our money...

Isn't it amazing what you can be guided into learning just by stopping by the bank?

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