Craven County Digital History Exhibit

NC 1757 5 Pounds

Accession Number TP.2000.017.019



North Carolina paper currency, Treasury note value  five pounds



James Davis, printer



Type on laid paper, ink



North Carolina, New Bern






OH: 2 5/8” (6.7 cm); OW:  4 1/16” (10.3 cm)



Five pound Treasury note issued by North Carolina with broad border on left edge and narrow border on the bottom of the note. Printed inscription: “North Carolina./ This BILL intitles [sic] the Bearer hereof to/FIVE POUNDS Proclamation Money, to/ be paid out of the Public Treasury, with 6 per/ Cent. Interest, from the Date hereof, to the/ Tenth Day of December next, in Pursuance/ of an Act of the General Assembly, in such/ Case made and provided./ Dated this 12th Day of feby 1758/ £ 5/ To be accepted in /Payment of Taxes.  Pub. Trea. Underlined portions in ink (faded). In ink above main text “offered may the 5th 1763.” Illegible serial number in ink in upper right corner. Signed in ink on obverse:  “J Sharkey” and “T Baker.”Several layers of ink inscriptions on the reverse: “from William Sawrey (?) Sen./ To James Adaci,” “from ______ _____/ to Robert dixson,” “AW to __,” and “ from Cornl  John _____ to George Lordbery.” 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.



Part of a series of Public Notes of Credit authorized by the Assembly in the Session ending Nov. 21, 1757. Notes were issued in denominations of 10s, 20s, 40s, and two sets of £5.






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: August 21, 2018

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