Made in New Jersey

Gaining Currency

One Shilling Note

The one-shilling note was printed in Burlington in 1776 by a printer named Isaac Collins. It was signed by John Hart, who represented New Jersey in the Second Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence. The currency warns that counterfeiters would be subject to the death penalty. In 1785, Congress moved away from the English currency system and adopted the dollar. Banks began printing their own banknotes in 1836, as the one-dollar bill printed by the State Bank of Elizabeth shows. The federal government standardized currency in 1862 but first started to print its own notes the year prior during the first year of the Civil War, which were called, “Demand Notes.”