Early American currency
Early American currency went through several stages of development during the colonial and post-Revolutionary history of the United States. During the American Revolution, the Colonies became independent states. No longer subject to arbitrarily imposed monetary regulations by the British Parliament, the States began to issue paper money, to pay for military expenses.

This four shillings banknote was issued by the Delaware Colony and is dated 1 January 1776; it is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

Banknote design credit: Delaware Colony and James Adams (printer); photographed by Andrew Shiva

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