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Collins Isaac (fl. 1776) Fifteen shilling note

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.226.02 Author/Creator: Collins Isaac (fl. 1776) Place Written: Burlington, New Jersey Type: Printed document signed Date: 25 March 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: [Currency]. Burlington, New Jersey: 25 March 1776. Fifteen shilling note. Printed by Isaac Collins. Signed by Robert Smith, Jonathan Deare and John [Smith?]. No. 17365. Historical Background: An emission of \A3100,000 in legal tender bills of credit had been planned since May 10, 1768 but never obtained the consent of the English king. Following the outbreak of the Revolution the issue was emitted as proclamation money. The notes were made legal tender on September 20, 1776 and recalled by January 1, 1780. [excerpted from Jordan's "Colonial Currency."]

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Coins and Currency

Sub Era: Road to Revolution