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Materials: Paper
Measurement: 6.0 x 11.5 cm
Source: Unknown

Connecticut, 2 Shillings 6 Pence, 1776

One can’t be too careful. This Connecticut note was falling apart when someone backed it with part of a contemporary newspaper, full of news about the war between England and France in the Caribbean. But simple glue would not suffice to mend the note. Someone carefully stitched the note again and again, covering it with an irregular but very strong reinforcement.

And it worked. The bill was later canceled and retired by means of a cut from the center to the bottom margin, and it still held together — as did the dreams of the patriots who created it and kept it in circulation.
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1774: First Continental Congress convenes in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia.
1775: Addressing the Virginia Convention, Patrick Henry declares, "Give me liberty or give me death!"
1776: Americans sign their Declaration of Independence, formally beginning a war with Great Britain.
1781: General Cornwallis surrenders a large British army to General Washington at Yorktown, Va.
1789: The United States Constitution is adopted, creating a strong federal government.
Legends of the Human Spirit The following objects are in this section.
United States, 2 Dollars, 1776Connecticut, 2 Shillings 6 Pence, 1776Confederacy, 1 Dollar, 1862
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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