|$10 “Tombstone Note” Series of 1886 to 1908|
|1886 $10 Silver Certificate|
Paper Money of the United States: 1886 Ten Dollar Silver Certificate “Tombstone Note”
1886 $10 silver certificates are often called tombstone notes because the portrait of Hendricks appears to be inside a frame which is in the shape of a tombstone. The tombstone design may not be an accident by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Thomas Hendricks died just a few months before his image was used on 1886 $10 silver certificates. So the tombstone style may have been an acknowledgement to his recent passing. Hendricks was the acting vice-president of The United States when he died in office.
The Series 1886 Ten Dollar Silver Certificate “Tombstone Note” was ranked 85st most beautiful note in the book 100 Greatest American Currency Notes compiled by Bowers and Sundman.
Obverse: Bust of Thomas A. Hendricks, Vice President of the United States from March 4, 1885 to November 25,1885. He died in office. The portrait was engraved by Charles Schlecht. The so-called “Tombstone Note.”
The back designs are all beautiful with this $10 note showing with intricate geometric patterns covering nearly the entire reverse.
Signatures: (as depicted) William Starke Rosecrans (Register of the Treasury) James W. Hyatt (Treasurer of the United States).
Thomas Andrews Hendricks (September 7, 1819 – November 25, 1885) was lawyer and an American politician from Indiana who served as the 16th governor of Indiana (1873–1877) and the 21st Vice President of the United States (1885).