1869 Twenty Dollar Legal Tender Note “Rainbow Note”

United States Notes Currency 1869 Twenty Dollar Legal Tender Rainbow Note

1869 20 Dollar bill Legal Tender Note Rainbow
1869 $20 Legal Tender Note "Rainbow"
United States Notes - 1869 Twenty Dollar Legal Tender Note “Rainbow Notes”

Obverse:  Bust of Alexander Hamilton. At right, Victory advancing holding shield and sword.
Reverse: The Arabic numeral 20 is repeated 105 times and the Roman Numeral XX appears 103 times in the reverse design.
Signatures: (as depicted) John Allison (Register of the Treasury) Francis Elias Spinner (Treasurer of the United States).
The vivid coloring on the Legal Tender Notes of the Series of 1869 has resulted in them being called “Rainbow Notes.”



Inscriptions:  Act of March 3rd 1863  -  Bureau Engraving & Printing  -  Patented July 24th 1866  -  Patented Nov 24 1863  -  Register Of The Treasury  -  Treasurer Of The United States  -  Legal Tender For Twenty Dollars  -  Series of 1869  -  The United States Will Pay The Bearer Twenty Dollars Washington  -  Treasury Note  -  Amer Septent Sigil Thesaur  -  American Bank Note Co. New York.  -  This Note is a Legal Tender at its face value for all debts public and private, except duties on imports and interest on the public debt.  Counterfeiting or altering this note or passing any counterfeit or alteration of it, or having in possession any false or counterfeit plate or impression of it, or any paper made in imitation of the paper on which it is printed is felony, and is punishable by $5,000 fine, or 15 years imprisonment at hard labor or both.