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Deaf Smith’s picture in a real Texas $5 dollar bill before Lincoln

March 27, 2007

Erastus ‘Deaf’ Smith



We talked about him in our previous post a few months ago.

Click his name to read the story about him —> Erastus ‘Deaf’ Smith

Is it a hoax? If not, why did they replace him to Abraham Lincoln?




Republic of Texas Five Dollar Bill

The image below shows the Republic of Texas Five Dollar note. The note shares the same design on the back as the three dollar note. The obverse, pictured below, has a picture of an Indian, who appears to be thinking. The portrait on the right of the note appears to be Deaf Smith.

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  1. Julie Rems-Smario
    March 27, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Is this your monetary collection? This is great info. I recall there was a movie made about him before I was born. I believe the actor was Anthony Quinn. Me wrong?


  2. Nick Vera
    March 27, 2007 at 11:05 am

    I certainly hope this story will remake the feature film with authentic deaf actor to play this character. Who do you think it will play by?

  3. debby
    March 27, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Very interesting. Wonder, why replace a $5.00 bill from Deaf Smith to Lincoln? If it is true, I think Deaf community should do something about it?

  4. March 27, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Yup, Julie –

    Anthony Quinn starred in “Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears” in 1972. It’s about two friends, Johnny Ears and his deaf-mute sidekick Erastus “Deaf” Smith, help Sam Houston work for Texas statehood by going after a Mexican general under orders from Germany to agitate the populace.

    A remake? Not sure if it’s enough to generate public interest unless we throw in a love scene, gory bloodshed, stunts, etc. Then, that could world. 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    March 27, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Why not ask Mosedux to make a movie about him?

  6. JFLMad
    March 27, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Mosedux might don’t have enough finance to make the film. The average cost to make a movie in Hollywood exceed over 100 million!!

    Check the link—-

    The average cost of a Hollywood film has broken the $100m (£55m) barrier, the outgoing Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) president has said.

  7. Deafdoglover
    March 28, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    JFLMAD – Hollywood have lot of expenses to pay such as actress, actor, photography, director, etc.

  8. JFLMad
    March 28, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    That’s why the hollywood films look so professional when make a film. Mosedux’s films look good and professional therefore expect to spend some millions dollars to make a film of Deaf Smith!!

  9. Anonymous
    March 29, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Mosedux? oh please, they can’t afford to spend lot of money on this film. Ask Hollywood because they have awesome visual effects than Mosedux.

  10. Elle
    April 2, 2007 at 1:08 am

    Are you serious about Deaf Smith on Texas five dollar bill?

    They changed him to Lincoln because Lincoln was the U.S. President?

  11. I_C_Voices
    April 2, 2007 at 7:49 am

    The “Deaf Smith” $5 bill was issued by the Republic of Texas, not the State of Texas. This was issued before Texas became a state in the US, and also before the Civil War (or the War of Northern Aggression, depending on which side you support). After Texas became a state, the Deaf Smith currency was worthless (except for collectors). Some die-hard Texans believe Texas is still a Republic and never did request admission to the United States. But Texas was a Southern State during the War, and like all Confederate-issued currency, Texas money was worthless after the “unpleasantness” ended in 1865. So Lincoln’s picture became the official face on the $5 bill.

  12. April 7, 2007 at 9:16 am

    UPDATE: Mystery of Deaf Smith’s burial site intrigues Fort Bend County


  13. April 18, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    Amazing! I was born in Hereford, Texas which is Deaf Smith County. I’ve always thought it was some kind of nickname. No one seemed to know the real story behind this man. WOW! The funny thing is..I’m the only deaf person that came from Hereford!

  14. Jean
    April 19, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Very impressive.

  15. 8th Generation of Death Smith
    September 26, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    Very awesome…still learning from our family history..

  16. September 27, 2007 at 9:35 am

    I have another interesting story about Deaf Smith. I will post it next week. 😉

  17. mas
    December 29, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    soooo…..is this bill worth anything??? If so how much$$$

  18. LESLEY
    November 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm


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  20. April 7, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I actually have a Deaf Smith $5 bill. I bought it and another for 50 cents at a garage sale. Someone placed a story about him in Raven’s Newsletter from Sam Houston Museum. They said the bill was worth between $600 – $800. It is rare.

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