1700s Paper Money of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania issued its own paper money as a colony starting in 1723, and continued until 1785, just after the Revolution. One of the reasons that some of the bills have survived is that they were made from thick cotton and linen rag paper, which lasts much better than the usual wood-derived paper of today. All notes were hand-signed and numbered, though often the signatures and serial number have faded away. Many of the notes are very worn from heavy use. Some have been sewn, pinned together, or backed with other paper to have kept them in use.
This well preserved five-shilling note of 1771 has the original signature of Thomas Mifflin, signer of the U.S. Constitution and Pennsylvania’s first governor.
This is original currency, not a reproduction.