Craven County Digital History Exhibit

   NC 1771 5 Pounds 

Accession Number TP.1986.022.001

Title

North Carolina paper currency, Debenture Bill value five pounds

 

Maker

[James Davis, printer]

 

Material

Ink on laid paper

 

Origin

North Carolina, [New Bern]

 

Date:

1771

 

Dimensions:

OH: 2 5/8” (6.6 cm); OW:  4” (10.0 cm)

 

Description:

Engraved five-pound Debenture Bill issued by North Carolina. Printed from engraved copper plate with scroll border on left edge and a vignette showing a drum, cannons and flags in lower left corner. Printed inscription: “5£ FIVE POUNDS. No 399/ The Province of North Carolina/ is indebted to the Possessor hereof, / Five Pounds Proc. Money to be paid/ out of the Public Treasury according/ to Act of Assembly passed Decbr 1771.” Ink signatures on obverse: “J Rutherfurd, John Harvey/ Rd Caswell.” Ink signatures on the reverse: “Montfort” “John Tucker/ to/Wm Digge/ to/ Coleman/ Isaac Be[illeg.]ham/ EM” and “G: Wimberly/ to/ Is. B”

 

Source:

Purchase

 

Relation:

 

 

Comments:

£60,000 in Debenture Bills was issued pursuant to the December 1771 Act of the Assembly. The bills were payable in Proclamation Money. Joseph Montfort was the Treasurer of the Northern District of North Carolina. His signature often appears on the reverse of this issue of bills.

 

Language:

En

 

Rights:

Permission to use the photograph must be obtained in writing from Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina. It must be accompanied by the caption” From the collection of Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina; North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archive and History.”

 
 

Images scanned by Dean Knight
Text prepared by Nancy Richards and Victor T. Jones, Jr.

Last edited: August 19, 2009

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