North Carolina pound

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An early example of a handwritten £3 Colonial banknote from the Province of North Carolina. Dated 27 November 1729.

The pound was the currency of North Carolina until 1793. Initially, the British pound circulated, supplemented from 1709 by local paper money and the introduction of Colonial currency and the Pound denominations in 1712.[1] Although these notes were denominated in pounds, shillings and pence, they were worth less than sterling, with 1 North Carolina shilling = 9 pence sterling. The first issue of paper money was known as "Old Tenor" money. In 1748, "New Tenor" paper money was introduced, worth 7½ times the Old Tenor notes.[2]

The State of North Carolina issued Continental currency[citation needed] denominated in £sd and Spanish dollars, with 1 dollar = 8 shillings (the York rating). The continental currency was replaced by the U.S. dollar at a rate of 1000 continental dollars = 1 U.S. dollar.


  1. Newman, 2008, p. 313.
  2. Newman, 2008, p. 316.


  • Newman, Eric P. The Early Paper Money of America. 5th edition. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 2008. ISBN 0-89689-326-X.