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 99.99% fine 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. The back of each note displays the negative image of the front illustration, which also serves as a security feature. The notes in this set are:
The 1 Aurum 1/1000th-oz gold note features the allegorical figure of Lady Gratias kneeling next to a pumpkin patch and an otter with a wigwam standing in the background. The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world and holds the world record for the most lit jack-o’-lanterns with a total of 30,581.
The 5 Aurum 1/200th-oz gold note features the allegorical figure of Lady Veritas holding a candle and wearing a long white gown, both symbols of truth and purity. Behind her a moose stands behind a colonial cottage in the background while a hawk flies in front of her.
The 10 Aurum 1/100th-oz gold note features the allegorical figure of Lady Prospicientia sitting atop a Revolutionary War-era cannon dressed in the uniform of a soldier. A lighthouse shines brightly in the background while a humpback whale breaks the water’s surface.
The 25 Aurum 1/40th-oz gold note depicts Lady Fortitudine wearing a Revolutionary War-era soldier’s jacket and armed with a rifle. Her striped skirt resembles the stripes of the American Flag. The design includes the outline of New Hampshire with the words “LIVE FREE OR DIE,” New Hampshire’s official state motto.
The 50 Aurum 1/20th-oz gold note features Lady Libertas holding arrows and the iconic lone pine tree flag with the words, “An Appeal to God.” Sewn into the hem of her dress are words that read “Vis Unita Fortior” which translates to “Strength United is Stronger.” White-tailed deer, New Hampshire’s state animal, appear in the background.
Not just novelty items, 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 order this five-piece set of New Hampshire Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Notes and have a ready stash for tomorrow!