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Colonial Paper Currency

When English colonists arrived in the New World, they brought their currency with them, the pound, shilling and pence. The original thirteen colonies commonly used British currency and Spanish dollars, but there were not enough coins in circulation to sustain the growing economy. To address this shortage as well as other issues, colonial governments issued their own paper money. In an attempt to manage various currencies, the British Parliament passed several Currency Acts that regulated colonial paper money. With exchange rates fluctuating, terms like “Lawful Money” (signified with the letters L.M.), “Proclamation Money” and “Current Money” were added to paper money, indicating that it conformed to legal statutes.

In 1788 the United State Constitution denied the right for individual states to coin and print money, and in 1792, the Coinage Act inaugurated the era of a national American currency.

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  • Bellevue


    321 Bellevue Way NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30
    Sunday Closed
    Phone: 425-454-1283
  • Lynnwood


    18411 Alderwood Mall Parkway
    Lynnwood, WA 98037
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    Sunday Closed
    Phone: 425-672-2646
  • West Seattle

    West Seattle

    4500 California Ave SW
    Seattle, WA 98116
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    Sunday Closed
    Phone: 206-938-3519
  • Issaquah


    1175 NW Gilman Blvd
    Issaquah, WA 98027
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    Sunday Closed
    Phone: 425-392-0450
  • Tacoma


    2302 Pacific Ave
    Tacoma, WA 98402
    Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30
    Sunday Closed
    Phone: 253-328-4014