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Early American currency
Early American currency went through several stages of development during the colonial and post-Revolutionary history of the United States. During the American Revolution, the Colonies became independent states. No longer subject to arbitrarily imposed monetary regulations by the British Parliament, the States began to issue paper money, to pay for military expenses.

This one dollar banknote was issued by the State of Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations, dated 2 July 1780; it is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

Banknote design credit: State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Printed by D. Hall & W. Sellers; photographed by Andrew Shiva

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