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Q: $3.00 Dollar Bill ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: $3.00 Dollar Bill
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: trayduh-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 12 Jan 2004 17:08 PST
Expires: 11 Feb 2004 17:08 PST
Question ID: 295753
Was there ever an official $3.00 bill issued by the US mint or any
state authority. I know Florida issued a $3.00 bill during the civil
war. I'm more curious regarding the US Mint.
Subject: Re: $3.00 Dollar Bill
Answered By: juggler-ga on 12 Jan 2004 17:48 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

No, the U.S. government has never issued a $3 bill.

From the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing's web site:

"Three Dollar Notes
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has never been authorized to
print a $3 note. However, during the early 1800's, banks operating
under Federal or State charters issued notes of that denomination.
These notes were printed by private contractors and were not
obligations of the federal government. There is a permanent exhibit
about the $3 bill on display in Philadelphia's Independence Hall."
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

As indicated, there were many state or bank-issued $3 bills at one
time. Here are some examples:

Rhode Island, $3, 1800, hosted by Federal Reserve Bank of S.F.:

New Hampshire, $3, 1780, hosted by Federal Reserve Bank of S.F.:

Mississippi, $3, 1862, hosted by Federal Reserve Bank of S.F.:


Although it comes from the period before the U.S. was officially a
country, the Continental Congress did issue $3 bills during the
American Revolution:

" During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress issued a
three-dollar bill bearing the motto, "Exitus in Dubio Est," which
translates to "The Outcome Is in Doubt."
source: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco:

Here's an image of that $3, hosted by$3.obv.jpg
From the web page:
"Continental Currency"


search strategy:
"ever a $3 bill"
"$3 bill", site:gov

I hope this helps.
trayduh-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: $3.00 Dollar Bill
From: nautico-ga on 13 Jan 2004 07:57 PST
The Bahamas issues a $3 bill and for the somewhat similar reason many
small nations issue scads of colorful postage stamps: tourist

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