Saturday, January 8, 2011

Worthington in 1812

Found this site whilst browsing for reprintable paper currency to carry in my 1812-era wallet. At the time, local banks and men of business issued notes, which could be redeemed for cash or traded and exchanged to satisfy debts, etc. Worthington, Ohio was a small frontier village during the War of 1812, but local merchants issued their own notes, which can still be found in the antique market today.
Paper money from the early 19th Century.

Early 19th Century wallet. Wallets not only contained coin and banknotes, but important documents and correspondence as well.


http://www.worthington.org/about/moneybarter.cfm has a low-resolution example of such a note, and some information about the men who issued them. There's also an interesting discussion of the role that the village played during the war at http://www.worthington.org/about/warof1812.cfm.