legendary Coins and Currency
Exhibition Collection Search Timeline Game Visit
Legendary FirstsLegendary BeautiesUnexpected LegendsGolden LegendsLegends of the Human Spirit
Enter the Online Exhibition (Flash Required)
 
 
Image of Massachusetts,
 
Coin View
Zoom using Flash

Purchase this image

 


Massachusetts,

 

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

 

b.
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.

 

c.
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 
 
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center Learning Resources Flash Exhibition
Copyright© Privacy Policy Press Credits