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U.S. Money—Artifacts

The ten-dollar bills below are called artifacts because they are objects made by people. When you look at artifacts carefully, you can learn about the people who made and used them.


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There is an image of a ten dollar bill from 1901.
There is an image of a ten dollar bill from today.>

Source: United States Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.


Background

The ten-dollar bill that is used today looks different from ten-dollar bills used in the past. Today, there is a picture of Alexander Hamilton on the ten-dollar bill. He was a government leader who worked with President George Washington more than 200 years ago. In 1901, the ten-dollar bill showed Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. These two men explored the American West in 1804. The bill also showed a bison. The bison was a symbol for strength and the American West. Looking at the 1901 bill helps you see what was important to people at that time.