Craven County Digital History Exhibit

1866 National Bank of New Berne $5

Accession Number TP.1988.023.004


Paper currency, National Bank of New Berne value 5 dollars



Continental Bank Note Co.



Laid paper, ink



New York, New York



1866, February 14



OH: 3” (7.7 cm); OW:  7 1/8” (18.2 cm)



Engraved five-dollar National Bank of New Berne note, called the Columbus Note. Face design: (left) Columbus in sight of land; (right) Columbus with an Indian Princess. Borders on all four sides: alternating “FIVE” and “5.” Main text: (Serial letter) “B”  NATIONAL CURRENCY./  this note is secured by bonds of / the UNITED STATES/ with the treasurer at washington./ JB Colby/ Register of the Treasury/ [Spinner] / Treasurer of the United States/ the/ National Bank / of/  NEW BERNE/ WILL Pay the Bearer on Demand/ FIVE DOLLARS/ New Berne NORTH CAROLINA Feb. 14th 1866/ J. A. Guion Cash’r  Jno Hughes Pres’t/  continental bank note co  new york/ act approved June 3D 1864.” Red seal of the United States and various numbers in red: “U403439)” “1632 (twice)” and “5522.”

Reverse in green: central vignette of the landing of Columbus in 1492;  state seal of North Carolina on left and eagle on shield on right. Text: “THIS / NOTE/ is RECEIVABLE at/ PAR in all ports/of the UNITED STATES/ in payment of all TAXES and/ EXCISES and all other DUES to the / UNITED STATES/ except/ DUTIES/ on IMPORTS/ and ALSO/ for all SALARIES/ and other DEBTS/ and DEMANDS/ owing/ by the UNITED STATES/ to INDIVIDUALS/ CORPORATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS/ within/ the UNITED STATES/ except/ INTEREST on/ PUBLID/ DEBT.”  Below: “Every person making or engraving or aiding to make or engrave or/passing or attempting to pass any imitation of alteration of this/ Note and every person having in posses-/ ion a plate or impression made in imitation/ or it or any/ paper made in imitation of that on which this Note is printed is by Act of/ Congress approved June 3d, 1864 guilty of felony and subject to a fine not/ exceeding One Thousand Dollars or imprisonment not exceed-/ing fifteen years/ or both.”



Mr. John G. Dunn, Jr.












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.”

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

Last edited: August 21, 2018

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