Colonial and Continental Currency
Paper money has been issued by the original 13 colonies and Vermont from 1690 to 1793. With hundreds of issues and denominations, a wide variety of designs and vignettes were used. Denominations were often in the English pound system, or redeemable in Spanish milled dollars. A number of different printers made colonial notes including Ben Franklin and Paul Revere. Continental currency was issued between 1775 and 1779. Along with state issued notes, continental currency was used to finance the Revolutionary War. However, massive inflation and counterfeiting by the British led to devaluation of this currency. The rich history of these notes make them a very intriguing and collectible series.