Yes - that’s a real $10,000 banknote - the largest denomination Federal Reserve Notes ever printed. They were printed up to 1945 and were issued until 1969. They are still legal tender today, however, these notes are mostly in the hands of private collectors.
Who’s the guy on the banknote? It’s Salmon P. Chase - who was the US Treasury Secretary under President Abraham Lincoln, and later became the 6th Chief Justice of Supreme Court . He was also one of three people featured on the dollar bill who weren’t a president (the other two were Hamilton for $10 bill and Ben Franklin for $100 bill).
Interestingly, Chase’s portrait also appeared on the first $1 bill issued in 1862, when the Civil War brought on a monetary crisis. Later, as Chief Justice, Chase declared his own banknote to be unconstitutional!
Why was the $10,000 note recalled? President Nixon issued an executive order to stop the circulation of high-denomination bills in 1969 in order to combat organized crime.
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