A review of historical design process documents shows that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which develops and produces U.S. currency notes, has relied on a series of concepts which capture the core values of the United States during a specific time period.
The last theme for currency was symbols of freedom.
In 2003, symbols of freedom were incorporated into the most current family of banknotes.
What is the next theme?
An Era of Democracy
Over the last few years, Treasury staff has worked to identify potential themes reflective of the values of our current era. After historical research and reviews of previous designs and themes, democracy was chosen by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew as the theme for this next generation of currency.
From the founding of the nation, democratic ideals, and our striving to make those ideals a reality, have defined the United States of America. Our continuing efforts as a nation to form a more perfect union are something we plan to use the next family of Federal Reserve notes to celebrate.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Using this theme of democracy, we will be working to incorporate a higher level of artistry into our note designs. To see U.S. currency design at its finest, below are examples of Silver Certificates produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing that are still recognized as some of the most beautiful notes ever created in the United States.
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