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 Spotted Bear representing the constellation Ursa Minor. Four original pen signatures.
Vignette of Sword in Hand.
Beautiful original note that is very nearly Choice. One tiny pinhole has been closed. Vignette of House.
January 9, 1781., Very rare. Catalogs at $2000 in run of the mill Unc.
Catalogs at $1000 in XF and $2000 in Unc. A very scarce note.
A very attractive note that catalogs $800.
Very nice endorsements on the back side. A very scarce note.
Even the Newman catalog only lists this series as high as Very Fine. This one is a true prize and worthy of the finest collection. Of awesome rarity at this quality level.
Very Scarce. All four original pen signatures intact. A beautiful example of this rare note.
Vignette of Spotted Bear representing the constellation Ursa Minor.
Great eye appeal for the grade.
2 very wide margins.
Vignette of Bird with Olive Branch. This is the highest possible grade for a VF. The next step of 40 begins the XF range.