Between the pages of a book, a family in Omaha, Nebraska has found a puzzling $6 bill dated February 17, 1776.
The bill’s text and designs are replete with mysteries and clues. How could it claim to be federal currency when it’s dated five months before the colonies actually declared their independence? Why does it say it’s backed by “Spanish milled dollars”? What do the strange images on it mean?
Britain rightfully considered these monies sheer provocation, and reacted by flooding the market with counterfeit bills. Is our bill real – or perhaps real fakery?
History Detectives investigates an artifact that could represent America’s first declaration of its independence.
Season 5, Episode 2
Gwen Wright Location:
New York City
- Also with Gwen Wright Texas POW Camp Was this small town in Texas the home of a WWII POW camp?
- Also with Gwen Wright Lauste Film Clip How is this odd strip of film connected to the invention of talking movies?
- Also with Gwen Wright Movie Palace Is this small Wisconsin town theater the country's first great movie palace?
- Related Investigation United Empire Loyalist What can this family tree reveal about Americans who fought for the British in the Revolutionary War?
- Also in Season 5 GAR Photograph How did two African Americans come to be part of this photograph in Reconstructionist-era America?
- Also in Season 5 Pete Gray Cartoon Do these unsigned drawings from the golden age of comics tell the tale of a real life superhero?
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