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The influence of the Spanish monetary system on the US system is well-known, perhaps better for coinage than for paper money. This exhibit shows how the symbol of the Spanish coin was used on US obsolete paper money to help validate its worth.

Why study such items? My interest in the topic--Spanish coin depictions on US obsolete notes--began as an offshoot from my interest in Spanish colonial and other Latin American coins. The chapter in America's Foreign Coins introduced me to the general topic, and I soon grew to love the beauty of 19th century US notes.

One of the greatest joys of a thematic collection of obsolete paper money is that in spite of all the work by many dedicated collectors and scholars to catalog the material, there is much yet uncataloged. The number of obsolete issues is vast, and you simply never know what you might find in a dealer's stock. Part of the appeal is simply the pleasure of the hunt.

It is my intention to improve this document as I learn. The Web is the perfect place for it: additions are easy, and no one expects a Web document to be static.

I welcome your suggestions and comments. I would be pleased if you would share your information with me.

Bob Schreiner

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Last Updated: May 25, 1997
Suggestions to: Bob Schreiner bob_schreiner@unc.edu