Goldbacks

Goldbacks are a form of voluntary local currency whose intricate designs are crafted from 24-karat gold.  In a variety of stunning designs from Utah, Nevada, and New Hampshire, each Goldback has a specific,  labeled gold weight, and is considered to be the first voluntary, local currency that can double down as a collector’s item, making them a unique fractional gold addition to any collection.

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  1. 1 Nevada Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  2. 1 Utah Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  3. 1 New Hampshire Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  4. 5 Utah Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  5. 5 New Hampshire Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  6. 10 New Hampshire Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  7. 1–50 New Hampshire Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Notes 5-pc Set

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  8. 5 Nevada Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  9. 10 Nevada Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  10. 10 Utah Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  11. 25 New Hampshire Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  12. 50 New Hampshire Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  13. 50 Nevada Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  14. 50 Utah Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  15. 1–50 Nevada Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Notes 5-pc Set

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  16. 25 Nevada Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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  17. 25 Utah Goldback Aurum 24kt Gold Foil Note

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What Are Goldbacks?

A Goldback is a type of voluntary, non-dollar, complementary currency and may be the world’s only circulating interchangeable gold money. Containing fractional amounts of 24-karat gold, the value of Goldbacks is based on the current exchange rate of gold. 


The Utah Goldback, Nevada Goldback, and New Hampshire Goldback are attempts to legally allow the circulation of gold-backed currencies in states where this has been made allowable through legislation. With beautiful, intricate designs and art, Goldbacks act as an answer to some concerns of fiat currencies which increase their appeal for collectors.

Are Goldbacks Legal Tender?

Utah was the first state that Goldbacks were created for, which was made possible by the Utah Legal Tender Act of 2011 and became the first state to accept Goldbacks as legal tender, followed by Nevada, New Hampshire, and soon, Wyoming. While these are not widely accepted as currency everywhere and are not recognized by the United States government, Goldback Notes were originally created with the intent of someday being circulated and commonly used as currency! Today, they offer collectors an innovative way to add fractional 24 karat gold to their collection – a novelty in itself!

Are Goldbacks Real Gold?

Goldbacks are crafted with .999 fine gold paint on Aurum and have a plastic film designed to hold in the gold paint, ensuring its durability. Printed on clear polyester in a four-color process, the Aurum covering adds an extra level of protection so that the gold foil notes can be easily held, admired, and utilized as currency.

Types of Goldbacks:

As of right now, only three states have their own Goldbacks: Utah, Nevada, and New Hampshire with Wyoming being the next state to have their own Goldback series. Each series has five different notes: 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50, each embodying an American value represented by a woman throughout various time periods in each of the state’s history. The gold content for each Goldback also varies depending on the note.

Utah Goldback

  • 1 - Prudentiae (Prudence): Contains 1/1000th oz. of gold and features a Native American representation of Prudence having items and attributes traditionally associated with each of the five most prominent Native American tribes in Utah: the Ute, Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone, and the Navajo.
  • 5 - Veritas (Truth): Contains 1/200th oz. of gold and features a female Utah pioneer representing Truth, nodding to the great migration that the first settlers of Utah took part in to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. 
  • 10 - Justitia (Justice): Contains 1/100th oz. of gold and features Justice casting in the southern region of Utah, with Balancing Rock and the iconic red cliffs in the background. 
  • 25 - Victoria (Victory): Contains 1/40th oz. of gold and features a symbolic Victory allegory represented by a suffragette, celebrating the victory for women’s voting rights.
  • 50 - Liberty (Libertas): Contains 1/20th oz. of gold and brings the Utah series to a grand culmination with Lady Liberty, depicted as a perfected, angelic woman, having reached a fullness of blessings through the proper employment of Liberty in life.
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Nevada Goldback

  • 1 - Caritas (Charity): Contains 1/1000th oz. of gold and has a notable depiction of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Austin, Nevada. Catholicism is Nevada’s most dominant religion and St. Augustine’s is the oldest Catholic Church building in the state.
  • 5 - Sophia (Wisdom): Contains 1/200th oz. of gold and features Athena as Wisdom. Sophia represents divine inspiration and progress and is found surrounded by numerous Nevada-specific symbols, inventions, technologies, and bastions of wisdom.
  • 10 - Justitia (Justice): Contains 1/100th oz. of gold and features Justice in her second appearance on Nevada’s 10 Goldback Design. Notably, she is not blindfolded, but rather wears a veil that is pulled back from her face watching over the Wild West, letting all those who break the law know that Justice sees all!
  • 25 - Fortitudine (Fortitude): Contains 1/40th oz. of gold and is the third, and final new virtue that debuts in the Nevada Goldback Series. Patterned after the Greek winged goddess of Victory, a driving theme for this piece is “Fortitude brings Victory over Vice” and here Fortitudine is understood to be sounding the first trumpet of Triumph.
  • 50 - Liberty (Libertas): Contains 1/20th oz. of gold as Libertas in her second appearance under a starry Nevada night sky in the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas. Depicted as Eve, mother of the human race, she is championed here by the artist as a biblical symbol of a free woman exercising her power of choice to bring about the human race
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New Hampshire Goldback

  • 1 - Gratia (Grace): Contains 1/1000th oz. of gold and in her first appearance on a Goldback series, Gratia is depicted as an Abanaki Native American woman from the Algonquin tribes, who have history in the area and can be seen gathering chestnuts, pondering, with the caption below reading “Give Thanks”, acknowledging the bounties we are provided with must be worked for to be gathered in, but that we should also always be thankful.
  • 5 - Veritas (Truth): Contains 1/200th oz. of gold. Veritas makes her second appearance and is depicted wearing a colonial dress, offering the light of a candle, and walking along a path leading to a bridge over a foggy river, symbolizing the light of truth, beckoning all away from the fogs of obscurity and confusion and toward the well-lit path of safety truth provides.
  • 10 - Prospicientia (Foresight): Contains 1/100th oz. of gold. Prospicientia makes her debut and is found sitting atop a cannon on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean with Fort Constitution across the bay. This setting is historically important as it depicts the moments after New Hampshire’s Sons of Liberty took control of the area.
  • 25 - Fortitudine (Fortitude): Contains 1/40th oz. of gold and is the second appearance of Fortitudine. Clothed in a military coat of a minute-man, she wears a dress of vertical red and white stripes used by the early rebel colonists. Next to her stands a miniature depiction of New Hampshire’s famous granite monument featuring the state’s motto: “Live Free or Die”, and the caption beneath reading “Take Courage”. 
  • 50 - Liberty (Libertas): Contains 1/20th oz. of gold. Libertas makes her capstone appearance again standing in White Mountain National Forest and is shown with the three elements of New Hampshire’s original seal, namely the bundle of five arrows she is holding, the fish that are embroidered on her dress, and the eastern white pine tree both behind her and at her feet.
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Where Are Goldbacks Accepted?

The Goldback is designed to be a local currency within certain regions where a series exists, that being Utah, Nevada, New Hampshire and soon to be Wyoming. They are considered voluntary local currency.

A voluntary local currency is a form of money created for local use and has an agreed value by the people and businesses involved in a particular transaction for goods and services, and it is believed that Goldbacks are accepted as high as 50% of small business owners in some states.

Featured businesses in Utah accepting Goldbacks can be found here.

Featured businesses in New Hampshire accepting Goldbacks can be found here.

The History of Goldbacks

Long before the Goldback came into production, in 2011, the most senior partner of the Goldback company Lawrence D. Hilton authored what became the draft for the Legal Tender Act in Utah which allowed for Goldback to be used as voluntary local currency in Utah.

Developed first in Utah and quickly expanded to Nevada and New Hampshire, the idea of the legal tender of Goldbacks came about in April of 2019 as a voluntary local currency whose value is based on the published exchange rate of gold. 

Goldback production, which has not been counterfeited, relies on 5th generation vacuum deposition technology from Valaurum. Designs are printed on a sheet of polymer that is then bombarded with atomized gold particles before it is then sealed inside by a second protective barrier of polymer resulting in a beautiful negative image.