Old Vintage Us Continental Currency 1775 Samuel Morris Signed $7 Colonial U. S. For Saleold authentic original vintage paper United States CONTINENTAL CURRENCY, FIRST ISSUE of Continental currency - May 10, 1775, Seven Dollars, Serial number 24330. Signed by Samuel Morris with the second signature that is unclear. About 3 3/4 x 2 7/8 inches. The emblem on the front shows a storm at sea with the motto: "Serenabit" (It will clear up). The nature print on the back is of buttercup. The paper contains blue threads and mica flakes. the bill is a bit darker then shown in the photos below as the flash has slightly washed out the color.
Numbering and first signature are in brown ink (or more likely black ink that has turned brown with age). First signature (Saml Morris) is distinct. The second signature is faded and in red ink. It is difficult to transcribe, it appears to be Thos (or Jno) Barton _ _ _ _ ?
Printed by Hall and Sellers, Philadelphia. David Hall had worked under Benjamin Franklin and in the mid 1760's took over the printing shop with William Sellers. They printed notes for Pennsylvania as well as all of the issues of Continental Currency for the national government during the Revolutionary War.
Stated on the front side: This Bill entitles the Bearer to receive SEVEN Spanish milled DOLLARS, or the Value thereofin Gold or Silver, according to the Resolutions of the CONGRESS, held in Philadelphia, 10 May, 1775. VII DOLLARS.
Appears to have a very faint vertical fold at center. You have very close to see it. For condition see photos below.
Beginning in 1775, the Continental Congress issued currency to finance the Revolutionary War. These notes, called Continentals, had no backing in gold or silver.Continentals were backed by the "anticipation" of tax revenues. These notes are highly collectable because they contain the hand signed autographs of very prominent,historic,famous and heroic men of the very important American Revolutionary war era. These men were chosen by the 13 original colony's delegates and Washington himself based on outstanding trustworthiness.
Samuel Morris was authorized by Congress to sign Continental Currency three times in 1775 and 1776, including the original authorization on July 25, 1775. He signed notes of the first five issues, beginning with the May 10, 1775 issue and ending with the July 22, 1776 issue. Notes bearing the signature of Samuel Morris are somewhat more rare than the average signature, despite the number of issues he signed.
SAMUEL MORRIS was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He often served in the Pennsylvania legislature. He married Rebecca Wistar, daughter of Caspar Wistar the glass house owner. In 1776, he was elected "governor" of the social club known as "The State in Schuylkill," and re-elected annually until his death. He was also a founder and president for many years of the "Gloucester fox-hunting club. This fox hunting clubs members would be the personal body guards of General Washington because of their ability to handle weaponry was unsurpassed in the colonies. When the first troop of Philadelphia city cavalry was organized no fewer than twenty-two members of the Gloucester Fox hunting club were enrolled in its ranks.
With Morris as its captain (because the first captain chosen was not permitted to fight), the troop reported for duty in the Continental army and served through the campaign of 1776-77, seeing action in the battles of Trenton and Princeton, in which the latter engagement Samuel's brother, Anthony, ensign of the troop, was killed. On temporarily relieving the command from duty in January, 1777, Washington returned his "most sincere thanks to the captain," and added that, although the troop was "composed of gentlemen of fortune," its members had "shown a noble example of discipline and subordination." For thus taking part in the Revolution, Captain Morris was disowned by the Quakers, but he continued until his death to wear the dress and use the language of that sect, worshiping with them regularly.
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