Craven County Digital History Exhibit

NC 1771 5 Shillings 

Accession Number TP.2000.017.048

 

Title

North Carolina paper currency, Debenture Bill value five shillings

 

Maker

James Davis, printer

 

Material

Ink on laid paper

 

Origin

North Carolina, New Bern

 

Date:

1771

 

Dimensions:

OH: 2 1/16” (5.3 cm); OW:  3 5/8” (9.2 cm)

 

Description:

Engraved five shilling Debenture Bill issued by North Carolina. Printed from engraved copper plate with scroll leafage border on left edge and circular vignette of quill pens in ink well on a stack of paper on lower left corner. Inscribed: “5s. FIVE SHILLINGS -- No 3662/ The Province of North carolina is/ indebted to the Possessor hereof/ Five Shillings Proc. Money to be paid out/ of the Public Treasury according to/ Act of Assembly passed/ Decbr 1771” Ink signatures on obverse: “Lewis De Rosset” “Rd Caswell”/ “John Harvey” and “J Rutherfurd.” Bill has no inscriptions on the reverse. Bill folded in half vertically.

 

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 was issued in a series of 20,000. A total of £60,000 in Debenture Bills was issued pursuant to the December 1771 Act of the Assembly

 

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: August 19, 2009

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