Craven County Digital History Exhibit

NC 1761 2 Shillings

Accession Number TP.2000.017.030

 

Title

North Carolina paper currency, Bill of Credit value two shillings

 

Maker

James Davis, printer

 

Material

Type on laid paper, ink

 

Origin

North Carolina, New Bern

 

Date:

1761

 

Dimensions:

OH: 2 3/8” (6.1 cm); OW:  3” (7.7 cm)

 

Description:

Typeset Bill of Credit issued by North Carolina with borders on the sides and bottom, each with the inscription “Death to counterfeit.” Printed inscription: North Carolina.  No [illegible]/ [ii s.] two shillings,/ Proclamation Money, according to Act/ of Assembly, passed the 23d of April/ 1761/ ( ii s) Death to counterfeit  (ii s.)” Bill is heavily discolored and the ink number and signatures are illegible. The bill was signed by John Swann, Samuel Swann, John Starkey and Lewis DeRosset. Bill has been attached to another piece of paper for stability. Bill folded on one vertical and one horizontal crease.

 

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:

Bill issued in a series of 5,000.  In all, £20,000 in Bills of Credit were made legal tender at Proclamation Rates by the April 23, 1761 Act.

 

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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