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Jacobs, Benjamin (fl. 1776) [Signed five dollar Contintental bill, no. 57990]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.500.03 Author/Creator: Jacobs, Benjamin (fl. 1776) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Printed document signed Date: 1776 Pagination: 1 p. ; 7.3 x 9.5 cm.

Summary of Content: United States currency note worth "five Spanish milled dollars or the value thereof in gold or silver." Cosigned by Israel Whelen, and numbered 57990, possibly in Jacobs' hand. Reverse states it was printed by Hall and Sellers.

People: Jacobs, Benjamin, fl. 1776.
Whelen, Israel (1752-1806)

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Judaism, Finance, Revolutionary War, Coins and Currency

Sub Era: The War for Independence