The Story of Money: 10--Early American Money

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Over time, colonial governments, merchants, and private citizens began to mint coins on their own, but initially this practice just added to the confusion without ending the coin shortage.
Massachusetts decided to mint its own coins
willow tree shilling
Willow tree shilling
oak tree shilling
Oak tree shilling
pine tree shilling
Pine tree shilling
 
 
The Rosa Americana two pence was privately produced The Virginia halfpenny was made especially for Virginia  
privately-produced Rosa Americana two pence Virginia halfpenny made for Virginia
 
Soon all thirteen colonies issued their own paper money
Georgia paper money certificate
Georgia certificate
New Hampshire paper money bill of credit
New Hampshire bill of credit
Pennsylvania loan office paper money bill
Pennsylvania loan office bill
Massachusetts "sword of hand" note
Massachusetts “sword in hand” note
South Caroloina paper money bill of credit
South Carolina bill of credit
New York "water works" paper money note
New York “water works” note
Connecticut Treasury note
Connecticut Treasury note
Delaware bill of credit
Delaware bill of credit
North Carolina bill of credit
North Carolina bill of credit
Virginia Treasury bill
Virginia Treasury bill
Rhode Island bill of credit
Rhode Island bill of credit
 
Maryland bill
Maryland bill
New Jersey bill of credit
New Jersey bill of credit
   
 
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Continental Congress paper money          Continental Congress paper money          Continental Congress paper money
Continental Congress paper money          Continental Congress paper money