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Scrip Note from the collections of the Worthington Historical Society (WHS) may be used for educational purposes as long as it is not altered in any way and proper credit is given: "Courtesy of the Worthington Historical Society, Worthington, OH." Prior written permission of the WHS is required for any other use of Scrip Note. Contact WHS at firstname.lastname@example.org to request permission.
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It was created in 1816.
This scrip note was issued by Scioto Company Proprietor, Ezra Griswold. Hard currency, such as gold coinage, was the preferred method of exchange, but cash was scarce on the frontier. In 1815, specie payment was suspended by eastern banks. Thus cash was in short supply on the frontier. Local banks and local businessmen like the Griswolds would issue their own paper currency called 'shinplasters" in small denominations. These were usually for small amounts, and helped keep local economies alive, as did the practice of barter.
This note shows an early paper mend on the verso.
It features the person Ezra Griswold, 1767-1822.
It covers the city Worthington.
You can find the original at Worthington Historical Society.
This file was reformatted digital in the format video/jpeg2000.
The Worthington Historical Society identification code is 02-G-251. The Worthington Memory identification code is whs0707_002.
The Worthington Historical Society identification code is 02-G-251.
The Worthington Memory identification code is whs0707_002.
This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on May 16, 2002. It was last updated October 13, 2017.