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Sykes, James (1725-1792) [Delaware colonial currency].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01980.05.03 Author/Creator: Sykes, James (1725-1792) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Document signed Date: 1 January 1776 Pagination: 1 p.

Summary of Content: Cosigned by John McKinly. Four shilling note. Issued according to an act of the General Assembly of the counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. Back reads: "To Counterfeit is Death." Printed on thick paper containing blue thread and mica in an attempt to prevent counterfeiting. With border cuts engraved by James Adams (Wilmington), the first Delaware printer, who also printed the note. Adams worked for Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia before moving to Delaware.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Coins and CurrencyCounterfeitingDeath PenaltyLawFinanceEconomics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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