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About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- Gene Cooper
- Explore score
- 8.42 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Aug 28, 2009
- Date taken
- Aug 27, 2009
This photograph was constructed from 1,800 individual photographs using a new prototype macro photography robotic system. The technology combines focus stacking, stitching, and a robotic photo rig to create each gigapixel macro photograph. We look forward to developing collaborations and partnerships that will help us put the technology into the hands of the public and welcome your suggestions, comments, and feedback. Learn more about the technology at www.gigamacro.com /
We photographed the two dollar bill in particular since it is less frequently seen in circulation and also because it holds a special memory for Gene Cooper. As a child Gene used to receive $2 bills on special occasions from his Grandmother. During our research, we began to realize that many people often give $2 bills as gifts and in recognition of special moments in time.
Here are a few interesting facts about the $2 bill...
The first $2 notes (called United States Notes or "Legal Tenders") were issued by the Federal Government in 1862 and featured a portrait of the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton (1789-1795).
The first use of Thomas Jefferson's portrait on $2 notes was on Series 1869 United States Notes. The same portrait has been used for all series of $2 United States Notes as well as for all $2 Federal Reserve Notes.
Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's estate in Virginia, was first featured as the vignette on the back of the Series 1928 $2 United States Note.
In celebration of the United States' bicentennial, a $2 Federal Reserve Note, Series 1976, was introduced.
The new design maintained the portrait of Jefferson on the face but the back was changed from Monticello to a vignette of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The most recent printing of the $2 note has the Series 2003 date. There are no plans to redesign the $2 note.
Information provided courtesy of the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing
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