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The original denomination of "Two Shillings Sixpence" was altered to read "Twenty Shillings," an early example of tampering with paper money.


The General Court ordered the government to make this bill legal tender: "to the Possessor shall be in value equal to money & shall be. . . accepted by the Treasurer. . . in all Public payments" of taxes.


Three signatures were required to guarantee the fidelity of the note. However, this did not stop the tampering.


Legendary Firsts The following objects are in this section.
Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling, "1652" (struck 1667-1674)First United States Silver Dollar, 1794Great Britain, Sovereign, 1838
Massachusetts, "twenty shillings," 1690Brasher Doubloon, 1787United States, 5 Dollars, 1838
Pewter Continental Dollar, 1776United States, 20 Dollars, 1854United States, 10 Dollars, 1838
Copper Pattern Dollar, 1794Portrait Medal of James Smithson, 1817 
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