The Wrong Headdress

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UploadedJuly 5, 2010
TakenJuly 3, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D80
Exposure1/60 sec at f/4
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode, Return light detected
Focal Length44 mm
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The 1899 Five Silver Certificate was the first note to have a portrait of a Native American Indian; but that didn’t go without its problems. What was meant to honor the Native Americans didn’t. Originally portraying a Sioux Indian Chief in headdress, the Bureau of Engraving & Printing later changed the headdress. Therefore depicting a Sioux Chief in the headdress of their rival tribe the Pawnee. The controversy and insensitivity created more issues between the government and Native American’s so the bill was quickly discontinued.

In the story Symbolism in Currency.

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  • Daniel Mueller

    Daniel Mueller said (7 Jul 2010):

    I love the looks of the older money and loved reading about the history of the money. This was something new to read. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Al Brissette, Sr.

    Al Brissette, Sr. (Deleted) said (25 Aug 2010):

    Very interesting story, had no idea. Very nice shot.

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