Series 1896 $1, $2 and $5 silver certificates are called Educational
notes. Many collectors consider the designs as the crème de la crème
of all notes produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
The nickname “Educational” most likely came about because of the
theme of the designs on the $1 denomination. The vignette is known as
History Instructing Youth and depicts a female allegorical
representation of history reclining on a stone bench with one arm
around a young child and the other arm pointing to a stone tablet
featuring a portion of the U.S. Constitution, located at the end of
the bench. In the background of the vignette are the Washington
Monument and the dome of the U.S. Capitol.
On three sides of the main scene are 23 wreaths, each bearing the
last name of a statesman, military hero, inventor, writer, poet or
other well-known American. The design was adapted from a mural by
artist Will H. Low.