Connecticut Merchant Scrip 1794 - 1876
Merchant scrip in Connecticut can generally be traced to four periods of financial hardship during the early history of our country. The first occurred during the years Click here for the rest of the story.
Old Banknotes Reflect Region's History
On or about Octo. 11, 1777, Mansield (CT) Justice of the Peace Constant Southworth signed his name to several pieces of paper money which would become Click here for the rest of the story.
During our Colonial days the populace had to use whatever small change was available, including domestic but mostly foreign issues. Click here for the rest of the story
Let the Buyer Beware! Let the Buyer Rejoice!
Counterfeiting New England Bank Notes - Early Engravers Temptation
The thousands of obsolete New England bank notes issued between 1830 - 60 offer one of the most interesting and unexplored fields for collectors, historians and students Click here for the rest of the story
In Search of ....Our First President
What you are about to read may seem prepostreous, even though the facts are true. You may feel a bit uncomfortable with some of my opinions but in due course Click here for the rest of the story
A Wildcat Banknote
“Wildcat Banking” was a term used frequently during the early and mid-1800’s. It referred to the unscrupulous banking practices of some of these institutions. During their day the banks were the prime source of paper currency. The Federal Government did not issue paper until 1863. Click here for the rest of the story
Frogs of Windham The "Frog" Notes of Windham, Connecticut
Reprinted from Paper Money, Vol. XVII, No. 6, Whole No. 78 As a dealer in United States obsolete currency and collector of Connecticut obsoletes, I have seen quite a few odd vignettes and heard Click here for the rest of the story
What we consider odd denomination today were issued due to specific needs of the community or area that they circulated in. Whether it was due to foreign exchange rates for pounds, shillings, liras, franc, guilders or any other currency Click here for the rest of the story
What Cheer, Netop?
Reprinted from Paper Money, Vol. XVIII, No. 6, Whole No. 84. Tracing the historical significance of vignettes or titles appearing on U. S. broken bank notes offers Click here for the rest of the story
Political Hard Times Tokens - More Fun, Less Money
Hard Times tokens are privately issued mostly copper large cent sized tokens that were produced from 1833 to 1844. To me this was a fascinating period of US history because: Click here for the rest of the story
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