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Virginia, 15 Dollars, 1776


This note promises a lot — fifteen Spanish milled dollars or their value in gold or silver. Milling refers to the preferred, machine-based techniques used to make the dollars, processes that ensured their full quality. Exchanging the note for gold or silver was a promise made to inspire public confidence, since neither metal was abundantly available at the time.


The note would not be authentic without a signature or two, or three.


The Latin motto seen here translates as “Be it thus ever to tyrants.” The intended message is that liberty will conquer tyranny.


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United States, 30 Dollars, 1776Confederacy, 5 Dollars, 1862Norfolk, Nebraska, 1 Dollar, 1933
Virginia, 15 Dollars, 1776Confederacy, 5 Dollars, 1863Pismo Beach, California, 1 Dollar, 1933
Maryland, 1 2/3 Dollars, 1775Confederacy, 10 Dollars, 1863Pismo Beach, California, 50 Cents, 1933
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