Whose face is on the $1,000 bill?

A STAFF REPORT FROM THE STRAIGHT DOPE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD

Dear Straight Dope:

I hear that there is such a monetary note as the U.S. $1,000 bill. Whose face is on it?

SDStaff Div replies:

Not that you’re likely to see one (banks like to make electronic transfers these days, so real bills are rare or possibly even not even in circulation now), but here’s the list for the REALLY big bills:

$500 William McKinley

$1,000 Grover Cleveland

$5,000 James Madison

$10,000 Salmon P. Chase

According to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (which provided the chart with this information), the back of each of these bills has ‘ornate denomination,” which I assume is the fancy crosshatching and whatnot that keeps engravers working day and night on those U.S. Mint printing presses.

Who’s Salmon P. Chase, you ask? U. S. Supreme Court Justice, 1864-73. Guess it goes to show, you can never tell who’s collectible.

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