Smithsonian

Banknote: North Carolina, April 2, 1776, Beaver

Each North Carolina bill from April 2, 1776, features a vignette, usually with a variation for each denomination. Some also contain a motto. The bills were engraved on copper plates by G.L. (his initials appear on one variety of the monogram bills), who was identified as the Baltimore goldsmith Gabriel Lewyn. This bill shows a beaver on the bottom left and an alligator on the top.

Credit: North Carolina, April 2, 1776, Beaver, National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History.