Craven County Digital History Exhibit

NC 1780 $25 

Accession Number TP.1986.035.001


North Carolina paper currency, Bill of Credit value twenty five dollars



James Davis, printer



Type on laid paper, ink



North Carolina, New Bern






OH:  2½”  (6.4 cm); OW:  3 3/8” (8.6 cm)



Typeset  twenty-five dollar Bill of Credit issued by North Carolina with borders all around; top border printed “north carolina currency, on left border: “TWENTY FIVE Dollars.”, on right border, “Death to Counterfeit.” Printed text: “Twenty Five DOLLARS./ No. 2190  / State of North Carolina./  This  bill intitles [sic] the Bearer to receive twenty/ five  Spanish milled Dollars, or the Value thereof/ in Gold or Silver, agreeable to an Act of As-/ sembly passed at newbern  the 10th Day of / May, 1780.” Typeset motto in lower left corner: “Terra libera/ Notam Praetii in/ me pasuit” (A free land placed a mark of value on me). Ink signatures: “Joseph L[eech]/ J Green jr.” Reverse: “Twenty Five Dollar,/ Printed by James Davis/ 1780.”









 £1,240,000 ($3,100,000) in legal tender Bills of Credit authorized by Act of the Assembly on May 10, 1880 This Act gave the Governor the right to issue additional bills. The Governor apparently added to the issued of $25, $100 and $500 bills and created new denomination of $200, $300, $400 and $600. This particular design was issued in a series of 8,000. Bills were printed on both sides. A distinctive feature of this issue is a missing center bar in the “F” of Five.






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.”

Obverse Image
Reverse Image

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

Last edited: June 5, 2015