a former U.S. paper currency issued by the federal government for circulation from 1865 to 1933, equal to and redeemable for gold to a stated value.
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Origin of gold certificate
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for gold certificate
noun (in the US)
a currency note issued exclusively to the Federal Reserve Banks by the US Treasury. It forms a claim on gold reserves deposited by the Federal Reserve Banks at the Treasury and is used to transfer interbank balances within the Federal Reserve System
Also called: gold note (formerly) a banknote issued by the US Treasury to the public and redeemable in gold
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