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Continental Currency

One piece of colonial currency that was part of a series issued by the Continental Congress on February 17, 1776 and was printed by Hall and Sellers in Philadelphia. It a $5 note (“Five Spanish Milled Dollars”) and has excellent printer’s devices on both sides. The iron-based handwritten ink has unfortunately faded and the serial number is not visible anymore, but one of the authorizing signatures is still visible (it may be that of Horatio Johnson of Maryland).

ACC 2011.3

OBJ 2011.3.1

8 1/4” x 7 3/8”

1776 $5 note



What visitors say

Thank you so much for letting our IB Human Geography class come tour the Joel Lane house. I really enjoyed learning about how high-class people lived back them. I was surprised to hear that they were always working and had no time to themselves. I was also shocked at the size of the beds. They were so small! You two really played good parts and made me feel like I was really back in those times.

Henley