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T Circular No. 2811
[ May 26, 1 9 2 0 J

New Currency
To each Member Bank in the Second Federal Reserve District:
As you are no doubt aware, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
has been working for some time under heavy pressure in producing permanent
Liberty bonds.

At the same time it has been called upon to keep up the

printing of the increased amounts of Federal Reserve notes and other paper
currency now required.
In view of the difficulties surrounding the production of new currency,
which we believe are merely temporary, the authorities at Washington have
urged us to keep at a minimum the demand for new bills.

Consequently since

the first of the year it has been necessary to make notes in circulation serve
longer than theretofore, and to include in our currency shipments a substantial
proportion of notes that have been used, b u t nevertheless have been fit for circulation.

We invite your help and that of your customers in conserving the

supply of new paper money, and are confident that they will readily understand
the reason why fresh notes are not now available in the customary volume.
This will insure the maintenance of our reserve supply of unissued paper
currency, which of course is unimpaired.
The situation will naturally and gradually improve and we believe t h a t
within a reasonable time we shall be able to supply our member


upon their request with substantial amounts of new currency as heretofore.

Very truly yours,
J. H .


Acting Governor

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102