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Large Sized Currency Pre-1928 Information

Prior to 1928 our circulating currency was 40% larger than the notes we use today.
These large sized currency notes are very collectible today because of the novelty and the appeal of the designs.
Large size currency was more ornate and some beautiful designs were produced, especially in the 1870's to 1890's.
Large currency is sometimes refferred to as "Horse Blankets" for obvious reasons.
Series 1923 Silver certificates were the last large sized currency issued by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Large Sized Currency Series 1923 Silver Certificate (Actual size)
Large Size Currency Series 1923 Silver Certificate
Small Sized Currency Series 1928 Silver Certificate (Actual size)
Small Size Currency Series 1928 Silver Certificate
The second note from 1928 is the same size as modern currency.
During the the run up to the new small sized notes many banks and business's made ink blotters
that advertized a business and informed the public about the change to smaller currency.
Here is an example of an ink blotter advertising piece.
Small sized currency ink blotter
You might wonder, if the currency was larger were the wallets also large? The answer is yes.
Here is a picture of a wallet from about 1905. Notice how large it is. This would be called billfold.
I have put an image of a modern note in the picture for comparison.
Large Sized Currency Billfold