Craven County Digital History Exhibit

NC c1754 5 Shillings

 Accession Number TP.2000.017.011

 

Title

North Carolina paper currency, value five shillings

 

Maker

James Davis, printer

 

Material

Ink on laid paper

 

Origin

North Carolina, New Bern

 

Date:

After 1754-03-09

 

Dimensions:

OH: 2 3/8” (6.0 cm); OW:  5” (12.7 cm)

 

Description:

Engraved five-shilling note issued by North Carolina. Printed from engraved copper plate with scrolled leaf border on left edge and a squirrel in a circle on lower left corner. Printed inscription: “North Carolina./vs. Five Shillings./ Proclamation Money according to Act of / Assembly pass’d ye 9th of March 1754.” Bill is numbered in ink in upper right corner: [Illegible]. Signed in ink on obverse: one illegible signature and “Sam Swann.” In ink on reverse: a row of script “J.” Bill folded in quarters.

 

Donor:

Anonymous

 

Relation:

This is part of 54-piece gift of North Carolina paper currency issued between 1748 and 1771 from the same anonymous donor.

 

Comments:

Fragments of support paper adhered to the reverse of the bill. Bill issued in a series of 8,000.

 

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.”

Obverse Image
Reverse Image

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

Last edited: November 20, 2014

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