|This listing, of a $100,000 Gold Certificate, is intended for educational purposes only. I do not own this note, nor have I ever owned it in the past. The description and the scan were uploaded in response to the many people who claim they have a genuine $100,000 Gold Certificate, and would like to know a little more about their note. This then is for you.
The $100,000 Gold Certificate is the highest denomination ever printed for all Federal paper money in the United States. The notes were dated Series of 1934 and a total of 42,000 units were printed. Depicted on the front of the note is Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States. He served as President from 1913 to 1921.
It is important to understand that $100,000 Gold Certificates (like the one pictured) were intended for use in FISCAL CHANNELS ONLY. They were never issued for general circulation. The notes are strictly government property and are not legal to collect or own.
Of the 42,000 notes printed, there are no notes outstanding. In other words, all the notes that were printed are accounted for. The note pictured above for example is housed at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. It is genuine, and is one of only a handful of survivors. The vast majority of 100K notes have been destroyed. Other examples can be seen from time to time when the Bureau of Engraving and Printing sets up their displays at major coin and currrency shows. The Display generally consists of an entire sheet of perforation cancelled one hundred thousands. Quite a site if you've never seen this before. All remaining survivors (like the examples mentioned above) are institutionalized. None are in public hands.
To reiterate: These notes were never issued to the public. Even if they were, all surviving examples are accounted for and each one of those surviving notes is in Government hands. Therefore, these notes can not, and do not exist within the general population. - If you think that you have a genuine $100,000 Gold Certificate, I assure you that it is not genuine. Any such items that are in public hands are play money, and not genuine United States currency. Such copies have no monetary value and cannot be redeemed. I apologize in advance to readers who find this information unfavorable.