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The E-Sylum: Volume 16, Number 53, December 29, 2013, Article 21

QUERY: SANTA CLAUS ON A LARGE DENOMINATION U.S. BILL

Anne Bentley of the Massachusetts Historical Society writes:

I'm not a bill collector (unintentional pun there) but figure that someone in your readership would be able to answer this gentleman's question...

Happy New Year to you and your readers. All of you have taught me so much about numismatics over the years. Can't think of another hobby with such generous collectors!

Here's the question from Steven M Lind:

I saw a television program that claimed that Santa Claus was on the reverse side of the largest denomination bill ever printed by the US. Do you know anything about this claim? Thank you so much for any light you can shed on this.

Well, there are enough obsolete banknotes picturing Santa Claus that several collectors have made them a specialty. But I don't recall any official U.S. note including Santa. Maybe you have to look really close at the White House chimney on the back of the twenty. I think that either the program misstated (or the viewer misheard) that "fact". Below are links to earlier E-Sylum articles on the topic of Santa on banknotes. -Editor

Santa Claus note image

Anne Bentley adds:

This isn’t numismatic, but on the subject of Santa here’s an 1850’s rumination about his magical powers…

A New England Christmas (And A Mystery) (www.masshist.org/blog/1014)

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
MERRY CHRISTMAS: SANTA CLAUS ON PAPER MONEY (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v11n51a14.html)
THERE IS NO SANTA CLAUS IN NUMISMATICS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v15n53a25.html)
THE "LAZY THREE" SANTA CLAUS NOTE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v15n53a26.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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