Did you know that the 1914 10 Dollar Bill was printed on Hemp Paper and that the picture on the back displays farmers plowing hemp?
This video highlights a 1914 series $10 bill of a hemp harvest that is printed ‘right on the money.’ This paper was also made of hemp. The first Federal Reserve Bank notes were issued in 1914. This $10 bill bears the signature of Andrew Mellon, the Secretary of the Treasury under multiple presidential administrations. Mellon was also the head of several oil companies and banks. Mellon was the uncle of Harry Anslinger, the first leader of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1931-1961. Anslinger was the main cheerleader of the Reefer Madness misinformation campaign and the primary person responsible for marijuana prohibition.
“The back was designed by Clair Aubrey Huston; Farming, a scene in Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania, was engraved by Marcus W Baldwin; Industry, a mill in Joliet, Illinois, was engraved by HL Chorlton. The first day of issue was November 16, 1914.”
Note that Pennsylvania produced hemp through the 1900’s, and the crop depicted on the currency is too tall to be wheat or flax, so it’s rather obvious that it’s hemp.
The “Hemp Bill” is available in the following series:
- Large-Size Ten Dollar Note, Federal Reserve Note, Series 1914/Red Seal
- Small-Size Ten Dollar Note, Federal Reserve Note, Series 1915/Blue Seal
- Small-Size Ten Dollar Note, Federal Reserve Note, Series 1918/Blue Seal
– The Comprehensive Catalog of US Paper Money, All United States Federal Currency Since 1812, Sixth Edition, Gene Hessler, ppg. 173-176.
Clair Aubrey Huston was born in Philly in 1857 and did the front side of the 1944 $10/denomination. Secretary of treasury, “Andrew Mellon” (signed at the bottom right) was the head of Standard Oil, what is today Exxon Mobile, and the world’s largest oil company and secretary to 5 US Presidents. His nephew was Harry Anslinger (father of Cannabis and Hemp Prohibition), head of the Beraeu of Federal Narcotics, started in 1931. (see video up top for more details)