Craven County Digital History Exhibit

NC 1771 2 Shillings, 6 Pence

 Accession Number TP.2000.017.046



North Carolina paper currency, Debenture Bill value two shillings and six pence



James Davis, printer



Ink on laid paper



North Carolina, New Bern






OH: 2 3/8” (6.0cm); OW:  3 13/16” (9.7 cm)



Engraved two shilling and six pence Debenture Bill issued by North Carolina. Printed from engraved copper plate with scroll leafage border on left edge and vignette of duck in a circle on lower left corner. Inscribed: “2s.6d  TWO SHILLINGS, & SIX PENCE  No 19135/ The Province of North carolina/ is indebted to the Possessor hereof/ Two Shillings & Six Pence proc. Money/ to be paid out of the Public Treasury/ According to Act of Assembly passed/ Decbr 1771” Ink signatures on obverse: “John Harvey, J Rutherfurd, Lewis De Rosset and Rd Caswell.” Bill has not inscriptions on the reverse. Bill has never been folded.






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



Bill was issued in a series of 16,000. A total of £60,000 in Debenture Bills was issued pursuant to the December 1771 Act of the Assembly. The two shilling and six pence note was issued in two series—one with a duck and the other with a house.






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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