Craven County Digital History Exhibit

NC 1771 30 Shillings

Accession Number TP.2000.017.050

 

Title

North Carolina paper currency, Debenture Bill value thirty shillings

 

Maker

James Davis, printer

 

Material

Ink on laid paper

 

Origin

North Carolina, New Bern

 

Date:

1771

 

Dimensions:

OH: 2 7/16” (6.3 cm); OW:  3 ¾” (10.0 cm)

 

Description:

Engraved thirty shilling Debenture Bill issued by North Carolina. Printed from engraved copper plate with scroll and shell border on left edge and circular vignette of hand holding a falchion (medieval sword) on lower left corner. Inscribed: “30s. THIRTY SHILLINGS -- No 263/ The Province of North carolina is in-/ debted to the Possessor hereof Thirty/ Shillings Proc. Money to be paid out/ of the Public Treasury according to/ Act of Assembly passed/ Dec 1771” Ink signatures on obverse: “J Rutherfurd” and

“John Harvey”/ “Rd Caswell” and “Lewis De Rosset.” Bill signed on the reverse: “Montfort.” 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 4,000. A total of £60,000 in Debenture Bills was issued pursuant to the December 1771 Act of the Assembly. Joseph Montfort was the Treasurer for the Northern District of North Carolina. Counterfeit thirty-shilling bills in this series are known.

 

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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