C&O Canal Scrip


Notes:
The US didn't have national paper currency until 18611, so banks & companies would sometimes issue their own currency. The C&O Canal company issued paper currency known as "scrip" to pay it's workers during times when it was low on funds. This page contains scrip that was issued by the C&O Canal Company, as well as scrip that was issued by contractors that helped build the C&O Canal.

scrip_13 1837 25-cent note
This 25 cent note was issued Aug 10, 1837 by the C&O Canal company. It has a neat picture of what appears to be a native american in a canoe.
The note says that it can be redeemed for 25 cents when the amount of five dollars is presented. I assume that meant you had to collect at least $5 worth of these notes in order to trade them in for real money (coins).
scrip_09 1838 $1 note
This is a $1 note issued April 16, 1838 by J. Noble Nisbet for section 329 & lock no 68. Nisbet was contracted to work on lock 68 on May 16, 1838, and the contract was abandoned on November 14, 18382.
scrip_10 1838 50-cent note
This is similar to the above note, but it's for 50 cents.
scrip_11 1838 25-cent note
This is similar to the above note, but it's for 25 cents.
scrip_07 1838 50-cent note
This is another 50 cent note issued by J. Noble Nisbet for lock 62, but it was issued on April 18, 1838 (the other was April 16). This one also has a picture of a canal boat on the top.
scrip_08 1838 25-cent note
This is another 25 cent note issued by J. Noble Nisbet for lock 62, but it was issued on April 18, 1838 (the other was April 16).
scrip_12 1838 25-cent note
This 25 cent note was issued May 25, 1838 for section number 323, where the Town Creek aqueduct was built. This section was contracted to Frederick Pratt in 1837, and abandoned on November 14, 18382, however the note does not have Pratt's name on it.
scrip_01 1840 $20 note
This is a $20 note published in 1840, with the city "Frederick" Maryland printed in the top center.
scrip_02 1840 $20 note
This is similar to the $20 note above, but it has the city "Washington" printed in the top center.
scrip_03 1840 $10 note
This is a $10 note published in 1840, with the city "Frederick" Maryland printed in the top center.
scrip_04 1840 $10 note
This is similar to the $10 note above, but it has the city "Washington" printed in the top center.
scrip_05 1840 $5 note
This is a $5 note published in 1840, with the city "Frederick" Maryland printed in the top center.
scrip_06 1840 $5 note
This is similar to the $5 note above, but it has the city "Washington" printed in the top center.


1 This web site
2 Historic Resource Study: Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, by Harlan D. Unrau



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This page last updated on December 31, 2015.