"You're looking at American history here. This is clearly a Ben Franklin printed note in circulated condition. That fact alone prices it around 2000."



  • Fact 1: The dollar was established as the official US currency in 1785.
  • Fact 2: At times, commodities served as money: tobacco, beaver skins, and wampum were common replacements.
  • Fact 3: Many notes from this period contained the thread, "to counterfeit is death."
  • Fact 4: Continental currency depreciated badly during the Revolutionary War, giving rise to the phrase, "not worth a continental."
  • Fact 5: Continental currency was issued in uncommon denominations, like one third and one sixth of a dollar.