The Bison Note

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The Bison Note front
The Bison Note back
  • This note was nicknamed the bison note or buffalo bill because of the center portrait.
  • First issued in 1901, this large-size legal tender note was the first time the center portrait depicted a mammal, an American bison believed to be modeled after either a bison named Black Diamond in the Central Park Zoo or one who lived at the Washington Zoo.
  • The front, or obverse, of the note features the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on either side of the bison.
  • The back, or reverse, of the note features a female figure, Columbia, standing between two pillars.