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Frost Currency collection (Ms.2012.031)

Brown University Library

Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146

Scope & content

This collection contains 26 pieces of currency, of varying types, issued in Rhode Island between 1775-1929, one bank note issued in Delaware in 1759, and 5 documents related to the fiscal history of 18th century Rhode Island. The Delaware note was printed by Benjamin Franklin, whose brother James Franklin founded the first printing shop in Newport, Rhode Island.