Craven County Digital History Exhibit

NC 1768 5 Pounds

Accession Number TP.2000.017.045



North Carolina paper currency, Debenture Bill value five pounds



James Davis, printer



Type on laid paper, ink



North Carolina, New Bern






OH: 2 15/16” (7.5 cm); OW:  3 5/8” (9.2 cm)



Typeset Debenture Bill issued by North Carolina with borders all around; borders on the sides and bottom contain the denomination and inscription “Death to counterfeit.” Printed text: North Carolina.  [No. 756 ]/  [£  V] FIVE POUNDS./ THE Province of North-Carolina is in-/debted to the Possessor hereof, Five Pounds,/ Proclamation Money; to be paid out of the Pub-/ lic Treasury, on Demand, at any Time after the/ Tenth Day of JUNE, 1772, ac-cording to ACT/ of ASSEMBLY, passed December 1768. Ink signatures on obverse: Rd Caswell, Lewis De Rosset, Jas Hasell, and Thos C. Howe. Ink inscriptions on reverse: “Jacob Lewis/ To. H.B--”“Recd of [illegible] Young” “AM 37[illegible]”  “K C to 55” “Miller to/ Micarah (?) Stone” “A. Hostler/ too.” Bill folded in half vertically.






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



 £20,000 in Debenture Bills payable in Proclamation Money after June 10 1772 as authorized by the December 5 1768 Act of the Assembly. Bills were issued in denomination of 2s6d (two series differing slightly in layout of text), 5s, 10s, 20s, 40s, £3 and £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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