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Story of Money


Section 10: Early American money Previous Section | Main Menu | Next Section
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

Oak tree shilling

Pine tree shilling
 
 
The Rosa Americana two pence was privately produced The Virginia halfpenny was made especially for Virginia  
 
Soon all thirteen colonies issued their own paper money

Georgia certificate

New Hampshire bill of credit

Pennsylvania loan office bill

Massachusetts “sword in hand” note

South Carolina bill of credit

New York “water works” note

Connecticut Treasury note

Delaware bill of credit

North Carolina bill of credit

Virginia Treasury bill

Rhode Island bill of credit
 

Maryland bill

New Jersey bill of credit
   
 
Not worth a Continental