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!
Good paper body with dark signatures, there is an upper margin tear and clipped corner.
Fairly dark signatures with multiple reverse endorsements, a few smaller edge splits.
Vignette of Cross Cannons, fairly dark signatures, small internal split repair.
Vignette of Bear representing the constellation Ursa Minor. A beautiful note.
Vignette of Spotted Bear, fairly dark signatures, corners trimmed.
Vignette of Sword in Hand, good paper body and color, small right side margin repair.
Vignette of Sword in Hand, great color, margin repair right side center.
Vignette of the Magna Carta, with multiple endorsements. Missing upper left corner with partial center fold margin splits.
Vignette of Bird and Branch, fairly dark signatures, small margin splits.
Vignette of Bird and Branch, multiple endorsements with fairly dark signatures, margin split repairs.
Vignette of Bird With Branch, multiple endorsements with dark signatures, center split repairs with edge tears.
Vignette of Swan, fairly dark signatures, partial center fold margin split.
Vignette of Swan, good paper body, corner clips.
January 9, 1781., Very rare.