The $10 bill is a genuine Federal Reserve Note issued by the U.S. government. It was issued in the Series of 1928 or 1934 and is therefore up to 80 or more years old. A $10 bill of this vintage circulated in the Great Depression and World War II eras.
This was one of the first small-size notes issued by the federal government. Until 1928, all U.S. currency was much larger than today’s notes. Federal Reserve Notes are the only type of currency in circulation today, but in the 1920’s and 1930’s, it was one of several different types of currency. Most of these classic $10 bills became worn out in circulation and were destroyed by the Treasury when they were returned to banks or then new notes were issued. Very few remain for today’s collectors.
The designs on this $10 Federal Reserve Note remained unchanged until 1999. The front is a portrait of Alexander Hamilton, based on an 1806 painting by John Trumbull. Hamilton served as the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in George Washington's administration from 1789 to 1795. The back shows the U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C., and even features a vintage automobile.
The green Treasury seal and serial numbers on the front are standard for Federal Reserve Notes. 7 1/2" x 4" x 1/4"