There are two major types of Colonial Currency - Continental Currency, issued under the authority of the Continental Congress and Colonial Currency, issued by each of the Colonies. Both of these types of notes served as monetary experiments that entangled the colonies in controversy and political disputes. During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress issued their own currency in order to pay the army and all of their foreign and domestic debts. The Colonies issued currency to pay their debts to the Federal Government and to serve as a medium of exchange within their borders. While the public strongly preferred silver and gold coins to transact their business, their reluctant acceptance of this paper money gave rise to the expression "Not worth a Continental." Needless to say, these coins and notes are some of the most historic pieces that one can own and are highly desirable and scarce.
The notes are listed by date by Continental Currency first, and then alphabetically by Colonial Currency.