Military Payment Certificate
One of the more unusual items featuring Hollow Horn Bear’s portrait is not a stamp at all, but rather a military payment certificate, a type of currency formerly used by members of the United States military while serving in certain overseas locations.1 The attractive $10 note produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1969 was used in Vietnam from 1970–1973.2
The front of the MPC, in addition to picturing Hollow Horn Bear, features a message limiting its use to “authorized personnel,” while the reverse depicts a bald eagle in flight near a coastal area.
The $10 Hollow Horn Bear certificate was part of Series 692, the last set of MPCs used by the Department of Defense.
- MPC Series 692 Specifications. Military Payment Certificates. Accessed 23 Feb. 2011.
- Military Payment Certificates. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, January 2014. Accessed 20 Dec. 2016.