Good coin puzzle. Find the earliest U.S. coin with the fasces.
update. To answer my own question: looks like this Liberty dime is it, so the earliest would be 1916, the year it was introduced:
I collected coins, but very little paper currency. Maybe somebody can find an earlier fasces on a US banknote, perhaps from a private US bank. There's some beautiful large images at wiki
but haven't really looked through them.
This is fun -- have now pushed the first "US currency with fasces" date back to no later than 1882
: look carefully at what the eagle on the reverse is standing upon:
Here's another banknote with an 1882 design with fasces on the front right:
From the source
Very Choice Sioux City $100 Date Back
Sioux City, Iowa. $100 1882 Date Back. Fr. 566 (W-3560). The First NB. Charter #1757. PCGS Currency Very Choice New 64. This is a difficult $100 National Bank note type to acquire. Not only is it tough as a type note, the condition offered here makes it another “trophy note,” particularly for the collector of Iowa National Bank notes.
These notes were beautifully designed with the vignette at left depicting Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry leaving his flagship, the Lawrence, during the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. At right is a depiction of Liberty, seated by a fasces representing the Union, along with the message “Maintain It!” The largely open back design features the 1882-1908 date range which gives these notes their “Date Back” name. This boldly printed and crisp note displays deep blue overprints and neatly penned bank officers’ signatures. The paper is well margined with deep embossing evident from the back of the note.
I got interested in discovering more about this famous collector "Joel R. Anderson". First, I learned that his company, Anderson Publishing, is the current owner (among many past owners) of Whitman publishing, a well-known name to anybody who has ever collected US coins. Second, an amusing link with Trump
turned up, which just goes to illustrate the theory of Six Degrees of Separation
. So, my little diversion is not even threadwise off-topic -- well, maybe a little.