Colonial Valley Collection - One Per Emission

Set Type: Continental Currency, 1775-1779, One-Per-Session Set
Owner: Colonial Valley Collection
Last Modified: 3/13/2022
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Score: 24964
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Set Description:
The Continental Congress authorized the printing of paper money from 1775 to 1779 to pay for the expenses associated with the American Revolution. There are 11 different authorization dates associated with Continental Currency, but those happened during the course of about 20 resolutions.

Over the period the Continental Congress authorized over $240 Million dollars in currency. This is stunning since the first authorization was for only $3 million! The free flow of paper money resulted in hyper inflation, the paper money became virtually worthless and the phrase, "It's not worth a Continental" entered the lexicon.

The British worked hard to devalue the currency by emitting counterfeit bills. The British actually printed some of counterfeits on a ship in New York Harbor and quickly placed them into circulation. Counterfeiting was so widespread that the May 20, 1777 and April 11, 1778 emissions had to be recalled early because the public lost confidence in the money supply. By emitting counterfeits the British helped reduce confidence in the currency and drive inflation all at the same time. Contemporary counterfeits printed by the British can be located and are an important part of any set of Continentals.

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Slot DescriptionGradeCert NumberScore
May 10 1775AU 55 8073017-001 3611
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November 29 177563 EPQ 8073019-007 1390
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February 17 177664 1806122-069 1763
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May 9 177664 8073016-004 1990
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July 22 177664 1525627-004 1823
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November 2 177664 8012798-019 1500
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February 26 177763 5013562-009 1738
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May 20 1777AU 55 8073019-035 1510
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April 11 1778AU 58 EPQ 8073016-008 2821
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September 26 177864 1992190-006 1500
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January 14 177964 EPQ 8074290-015 5318
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