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!
North Carolina Colonial. December 1771. 2 Shillings 6 Pence. PMG has used the Net term for what they call split repairs. This is so trivial I could imagine far worse not being objected to at all. This note has the somewhat scarcer Duck vignette and faces up really well.
Vignette of Spotted Bear.
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.
A very scarce issue with a catalog value of $2000 in Unc.
January 9, 1781., Very rare. Catalogs at $2000 in run of the mill Unc.
Very scarce with a catalog value of $2000 in Unc.
A beautiful example of this very scarce late NJ issue. The Newman catalog has it priced at $1000 in EF and $2000 in Unc. PMG makes mention of a corner repair though it is very trivial and out of the holder would probably not even be noticed. A great note at a great price.
Catalogs at $1000 in XF and $2000 in Unc. A very scarce note.
A gorgeous note that has a catalog value of $800.
An attractive black note with red highlights. All three original pen signatures are clear and complete.