The $100,000 gold certificate was a real bill that was printed but never issued to the public. Therefore these notes were never legal tender. It was a gold certificate rather than a legal tender or Federal Reserve note. So why did the US government even print them out? The government printed them so that banks could conduct large transactions with other banks. This was well before the days of computers and electronic payments.

The one-hundred thousand dollar bill is not a collectible because it's simply impossible to collect it. It would also be illegal to own one of these bills because they are not legal tender. The largest-denomination collectible bill is the ten-thousand dollar bill.

100000 Dollar Bill


Denomination: $100,000 USD
Type: Gold Certificate
Signature Combinations: One: Julian and Morgenthauu
Series: One: 1934

This bill is simply fascinating to look at. It's hard to believe that it was actually printed because it looks like a type of monopoly money rather than official government currency.

Who Is on the 100,000 Dollar Bill?

President Woodrow Wilson is featured on the 100,000 dollar bill. Wilson was the 28th president of the United States and in 1913 he signed the Federal Reserve Act which created the Federal Reserve System. With the signing of this bill, the Federal Reserve was able to print its own money in the form of Federal Reserve Notes. Wilson was also known for leading America into WWI.


Since this bill was never issued to the public, you're not going to find one in existence. So if you do find one then it will undoubtedly be a fake. 100,000 dollar bills might be legal tender in some countries, but not in the United States.



A Guide Book of United States Paper Money