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 Spotted Bear representing the constellation Ursa Minor. Phenomenal quality for a Colonial Currency issue. Four original dark pen signatures.
Vignette of Spotted Bear, fairly dark signatures, corners trimmed.
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 Bird and Branch, fairly dark signatures with reverse endorsements. Small margin splits.
Vignette of Bird With Branch, multiple endorsements with dark signatures, center split repairs with edge tears.
Vignette of House. Original pen signatures with nice dark ink.
Vignette of House. Original dark ink pen signatures.
Vignette of Swan, fairly dark signatures, partial center fold margin split.
Vignette of Swan, great dark signatures, upper center margin tear.
Vignette of Church. PCGS mentions restoration of missing pieces and edge tears. Very scarce. This example is quite nice for this elusive issue that is often found in just fragments.
January 9, 1781., Very rare.
State issued. Dark bold signatures.
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.
Vignette of Bird with Olive Branch. This is the highest possible grade for a VF. The next step of 40 begins the XF range.