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Only one building outside Washington, D.C., is featured on U.S. banknote

There’s only one spot outside the nation’s capital that you’ll see featured on some of the seven U.S. banknotes currently in circulation. The $5 bill features the Lincoln Memorial, while the $10 features the Treasury Building — fitting, since Alexander Hamilton, whose visage adorns the obverse, served as the Treasury Department’s first secretary. The $20 and $50 finish the architectural tour of Washington with the White House and Capitol Building, respectively. The $1 is notably absent from this list, as the only building-like structure on its reverse side is a pyramid with a floating eye — and no such pyramid exists in the U.S. (or the world).

The $100 bill switches things up by featuring Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Although an immensely important building — it’s the site where revolutionaries signed the Declaration of Independence and where the Founding Fathers crafted the U.S. Constitution — it’s also a thematic choice, seeing as Benjamin Franklin (depicted on the obverse of the bill) is undoubtedly Philadelphia’s most famous historical figure. But this isn’t Independence Hall’s only appearance on U.S. currency. A very small section of the interior of the building is also displayed on the 1976 reissue of the $2, which includes a reproduction of John Trumbull’s 1818 painting “Declaration of Independence.” 


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