Craven County Digital History Exhibit

NC c1754 40 Shillings

Accession Number TP.2000.017.017



North Carolina paper currency, value forty shillings



James Davis, printer



Ink on laid paper



North Carolina, New Bern



After 1754-03-09



OH: 2 13/16” (7.2 cm); OW:  5 ¼” (13.3 cm)



Engraved forty-shilling note issued by North Carolina. Printed from engraved copper plate with scroll border on left edge and church (Christ Church at New Bern) in a circle on lower left corner. Printed inscription: “North Carolina/xl s Forty Shillings/ Proclamation Money according to Act of / Assembly pass’d ye 9th of March 1754.” Bill is numbered in ink in upper right corner: “2497.” Signed in ink on obverse: “John Starkey” “Sam Swann”/ “Jno Swann” “Lewis DeRosset.” In ink on reverse: several layers of inscriptions including “George Denny/ To No.1.1.-“ “Alexander/ to S.Hma” and mathematical calculation. Bill folded in half.






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



Authorized under a1715 act of the Assembly, Christ Church Parish was established by 1741. The first small brick church (pictured here) was completed by about 1751 on a site at the southwest corner of the present churchyard, facing west. The early church building was demolished after a second, larger church was completed in 1824. The foundations of the original structure were uncovered in an archaeological excavation in the 1960s and re-built to serve as a small open-air chapel.

 Bill issued in a series of 2,500.






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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