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!
CC-16. Well inked and solid paper. Signatures and serial number are strong.
GA-87. An excellent high grade note for the type that exhibits pleasing red and black inks and a blue cannon vignette in the lower right. The paper is bright and original and the signatures are bold. Very desirable.
CC-20. Fugio sundial with 'Mind Your Business' motto. A solid note with good ink and paper with plenty of remaining brightness. Wear is light and even.
PA-176. A popular 'Workhouse' note that depicts the Walnut Street jail in Philadelphia. Red and black inks rest upon lightly circulated paper. As is often seen, two of the three signatures are strong with weakness in the middle signer.
VA-215. A beautiful note for the grade with vivid ink, bright paper, and sharp signatures.