Breathtaking Display of Genuine Currency from the 13 Original Colonies

Paper Money from 13 Original Colonies

 

In my many years of collecting, dealing and framing historical objects, nothing gives people more excitement than a framed collage of paper money from all thirteen original colonies.  Not only is the display very historical and amazing to view, but it invites topics of conversation among the owner and his/her guests.

You probably have gone to a historical site, like Colonial Williamsburg, and have either seen or purchased an envelope with fake colonial paper money.  Well, this is the real McCoy.  Each of notes notes was printed and used by colonists from all 13 colonies during daily commerce.  And, each note bears the original signatures of prominent figures from that time period. Many notes are denominated in pounds, shillings and pence, the monetary unit used by the British during that time.

In 1690, the Province of Massachusetts Bay created “the first authorized paper money issued by any government in the Western World.  In the beginning,  the currency was issued to pay for military expenses during the King William’s War.   There were several acts and requirements set on the colonists by the British regarding the issuance  of currency, in part, due to the depreciation of currency in trade between the colonists and the British.

In 1773, Parliament allowed the colonies to issue their own paper money for debt.  These notes were circulated during and prior to the American Revolution.  They were printed and used for military expenditures, building courthouses and public roads and other public debt from that period.

Several of the signers of the currency have signed the Declaration of Independence.  These signers include John Morton, Francis Hopkinson and John Hart.  And, talk about printing, famous colonists as Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin were instrumental in engraving the copper plates and printing the currency, respectively. Benjamin made paper that had a beautiful marbled colored edge for some currency.  Many of the notes have beautiful designs and bear the words:  “To Counterfeit is death” as the issuers considered counterfeiting a capital offense.

So, an assembled set of these notes can consist of history, beauty, famous people and signers and hours of study and conversation.

Categories: Alexandria framing, art, Autograph collecting, Colonial, Conservation Framing, custom framing, Document Framing, Framing, Historical Autographs, Interior Decorator, Interior Design, Museum Framing, Washington D.C. | Tags: . Bookmark the permalink. Comments are closed, but you can leave a trackback: Trackback URL.