MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –
In 1864, Spencer M Clark, the U.S. Currency Official, decided to put his own portrait on a 5-cent bill.
- Congress had authorized the issuance of 3, 5, 10, 15, 25, and 50-cent bill notes
- One legend has it that Clark was supposed to put explorer William Clark on the bill
- He “accidentally” misunderstood, and put his own face on the bill instead
- Once it was mass produced, Congress was so angry they immediately retired the 5-cent note, and forbid portrayal of living people on federal coins or currency.
“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.