2 Shillings and 6 Pence, Connecticut, 1776


One can't be too careful. This Connecticut note was falling apart when someone backed it with part of a contemporary newspaper, full of news about the war between England and France in the Caribbean. But simple glue would not suffice to mend the note. Someone carefully stitched the note again and again, covering it with an irregular but very strong reinforcement.

And it worked. The bill was later canceled and retired by means of a cut from the center to the bottom margin, and it still held together-as did the dreams of the patriots who created and kept it in circulation.

Date Made: 1776Date On Object: 1776-06-07

Maker: ConnecticutGreen, Timothy II

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Hartford

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Credit Line: Mr. Carl H. Jaeschke

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.71.122.1117Catalog Number: 71.122.1117Accession Number: 297844Serial Number: 6236

Object Name: paper moneynote

Physical Description: paper (overall material)thread (part material)newspaper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 90 mm x 68 mm; 3 9/16 in x 2 11/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-a8ac-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1289279

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