These New Hampshire Goldbacks Will Put Some Gold Back in Your Collection
There’s a voluntary unit of local currency that exists in New Hampshire called “Goldbacks,” 24-karat gold foil notes that are crafted in increments of 1/1000th of an ounce of highly pure 99.9% gold. Already, many local merchants and vendors are accepting this new form if currency as payment. What’s more, they can be accepted in other states that allow the usage of these intriguing and beautifully designed notes.
Wafer-Thin Legal Tender Notes
Each wafer-thin note is coated with a protective plastic cover so it can be circulated, exchanged and used without the gold tearing. They’re meant to be used just like cash to purchase items. If you travel through New Hampshire, you’ll probably even see signs that say “Goldbacks Accepted Here” to let you know these fractional gold units can be spent just like any other form of legal-tender currency. Anyone can own Goldbacks, even if they aren’t a resident of New Hampshire.
Representations of Allegorical Figures
Not only is each Goldback crafted in increments of 1/1000th of an ounce of pure gold (1 Aurum), but they are also fabulous examples of the engraver’s art — and the larger the denomination, the bigger the note. The design on each denomination features an allegorical depiction of one of the lady virtues and combines her with distinct symbols representing different aspects of New Hampshire history and culture.
Images of New Hampshire
The 1 Aurum 1/1000th-oz gold note offered here features the allegorical figure of Gratias — Lady Grace — shown kneeling next to a pumpkin patch and an otter with a wigwam standing in the background. River otters are the largest members of the weasel family found in New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Held each year before Halloween, the Festival holds the world record for the most lit jack-o’-lanterns with a total of 30,581 on October 19, 2013. The back of the note displays the negative image of the front illustration, which also serves as a security feature.
Not just a novelty item, New Hampshire’s Goldback Notes are official legal tender. Plus, each bill can be melted down for its precious metal content if its owner would rather have a solid gold piece. It’s always good to have some gold in your portfolio, and now you can obtain pure gold that’s capable of buying basic items such as a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs… and more! Go for the gold today and have a ready stash for tomorrow!