Faced with a coinage shortage, the British Colonies in North America began issuing their own paper currency in the early 1700's. These notes were denominated first in British pounds and shillings, and later in U.S. dollars. Some early issues were printed by Benjamin Franklin; some others were signed by officials who later signed the Declaration of Independence.
After independence was declared in 1776, the United Colonies, and later the United States, issued paper currency under the authority of the Continental Congress. These fascinating pieces of our colonial heritage are wonderful additions to any collection and are truly historical!
Vignette of Cross Cannons, fairly dark signatures, small internal split repair.
Sailing Ship vignette with nice dark signatures.
Vignette of Sword in Hand, good paper body and color, small right side margin repair. Multiple reverse endorsements.
Vignette of House. Original pen signatures with nice dark ink.
Vignette of House. Original dark ink pen signatures.
Vignette of House, nice dark original signatures.
CC-96. A beautiful note with nice margins, strong ink, and fresh paper. The emblem features beehives protected by a shed. The motto, "SIC FLORET RESPUBLICA" translates to "Thus let the nation flourish".
CC-94. A note with pleasing paper and solid inking. The motto, "HINC OPES" (Hence our wealth) displays above a bi-color plow and field.
CC-94. Excellent centering and nearly uncirculated. The motto, "HINC OPES" (Hence our wealth) displays above a bicolor plow and field.
January 9, 1781., Very rare. Fr NJ-195.
MA-273. A popular "Rising Sun" note with the front engraved by Paul Revere and the back engraved by Thomas Fleet. Well centered on both sides, ink is still vibrant and the paper retains plenty of eye appeal. The face signature is still strong. Very desirable and sure to please.
Vignette of Bird with Olive Branch. A great example with multiple reverse endorsements.
Uncut sheet of 3 notes - 2 Shillings/6 Pence, One Pound, and 10 Shillings. A beautiful original sheet from a better colony!
NJ-160. A very attractive tri-color note with a combination of red and blue ink on the front and black ink on the back. The signatures are still quite presentable and the paper is solid for the grade. This note is the highest denomination in the issue and very scarce with a print run of only 500 notes.
Scarce Maryland $8 issue.
Vignette of "Sword in Hand", reverse endorsements.
Very scarce Georgia Dollar Denomination issue with the orange rattle snake seal. Great obverse color and an excellent example for the advanced collector.
A Fantastic example of this rarity., Undamaged and unmolested this is the finest example of this rarity we have ever offered. The fact that this one is PPQ is yet another plus for it. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a Very Rare note.