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!
NC-143. Comment: Splits. Vignette of cross cannons. Contemporarily signed on the back. Color is strong and paper still has plenty of brightness.
VA-192. An attractive note with strong ink, fresh paper, and sharp signatures. Excellent eye appeal.
VA-129. Rich ink and sharp signatures rest upon paper with a fresh appearance.
PA-185. A pleasing note with strong color and bright paper.
CC-51. A pleasing note that exhibits strong color and solid paper.
CC-16. Well inked and solid paper. Signatures and serial number are strong.
NJ-155. A very attractive note with a super fresh appearance and sharp signatures.
NJ-155. Strong pen signatures and solid ink rest upon fresh paper.
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.
Scarce and final series of Pennsylvania Colonials.
PA-265. A scarce note that exhibits strong ink, pleasing original paper, and a bold signature.
NY-153. Much scarcer than the only other note, a 10 Pound, issued in this emission with a print run of 4000 notes. Printed on only 1 side as issued, this example has held up quite well with good signatures, color and no problems.
VA-215. A beautiful note for the grade with vivid ink, bright paper, and sharp signatures.