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 Cross Cannons, fairly dark signatures, small internal split repair.
Sailing Ship vignette with nice dark signatures.
Vignette of House. Original dark ink pen signatures.
VA-215. A beautiful note for the grade with vivid ink, bright paper, and sharp signatures.
CC-102. Released under the final issue of eleven 'Continental' issues as the highest denomination in the series. Scarce in high grade, this note exhibits vivid ink, fresh paper, and strong signatures. Great eye appeal and only tight margins prevent a much higher grade.
CC-94. A note with pleasing paper and solid inking. The motto, "HINC OPES" (Hence our wealth) displays above a bi-color plow and field.
CC-94. Excellent centering and nearly uncirculated. The motto, "HINC OPES" (Hence our wealth) displays above a bicolor plow and field.
January 9, 1781. Very rare. Fr NJ-195.
VA-192. An attractive note with strong ink, fresh paper, and sharp signatures. Excellent eye appeal.
VA-194. An attractive 'Printed Back' note with equivalent dollars and pounds at opposite ends. This example exhibits good color, a very fresh appearance for the grade, and strong signatures.
CC-11. While this note is the lowest denomination in the second run of 'Continentals', it is also somewhat scarcer than the higher values. A standout example, this note exhibits strong color, pleasing paper, and sharp signatures. Interestingly, red ink that was supposed to be used for the serial number was not used for unknown reasons lost to history.
MA-270. A popular "Rising Sun" note with the front engraved by Paul Revere and the back engraved by Thomas Fleet. Well centered on both sides, ink is still vibrant and the paper retains plenty of eye appeal. The face signature is still strong. Very desirable.
Uncut sheet of 3 notes - 2 Shillings/6 Pence, 1 Pound, and 10 Shillings. A beautiful original sheet with nice dark signatures.
NJ-153. An attractive note with a fresh appearance and bold signatures.
NJ-152. An attractive note with a fresh appearance and bold signatures.
Scarce Maryland $8 issue.
GA-62. Strong black ink and sharp signatures rest upon pleasing bright paper.
Very scarce Georgia Dollar Denomination issue with the orange rattle snake seal. Great obverse color and an excellent example for the advanced collector.