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 Posted 09/26/2018  11:45 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add mmerc20 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello,
It isn't a secret about the composition of modern US currency and how they comprised of linen and cotton but I was looking at some continental currency and noticing they are usually very fragile and in relatively poor condition. That made me wonder. What did continental currency paper consist of? Was it more paper than our modern notes or did it have a similar linen and/or cotton composition?

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 Posted 09/26/2018  3:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very good question.
The answer should provide one of the bases for proving authenticity.
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 Posted 09/26/2018  5:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dave L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've read some old advertisements from that era for unwanted rags to be made into paper for printing purposes, including banknotes. When I got my first colonial notes, which used the same paper making methods, I was wondering if they were counterfeit, as there were sparkles embedded in them. Then I read that the inclusions were flakes of mica used as a counterfeit deterrence. some notes have a few blue fibers mixed in both colonial and continental notes as well.
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