1775 Colonial Monetary Note | History of SC Slide Collection

During the American Revolution the colonies were cut off from their former trade routes and access to the financial centers of England. Always short of actual sterling (see Bill Of Exchange), many colonies resorted to printing paper money to pay their bills and to ensure the availability of currency within their province. South Carolina was no exception; this 1775 note issued by the Provincial Congress of South Carolina is for "ten pounds current money," and proclaims its authority with the Latin motto, "Et Deus Omnipotens."

Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.