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Title: The Mississippi & Alabama Railroad Company $20 promissary note

Accession Number: 2002.58.13
Category: CURRENCY - PAPER MONEY
Type: paper currency
Maker: Mississippi & Alabama Railroad Company
Place: USA, MS, Brandon
Date: 1837
Materials: paper
Description: Paper currency; The Mississippi & Alabama Railroad Company $20 promissary note, 1837, serial number 483; obverse: black on white with vignette at top depicting two steamboats on river; portrait at top left of George Washington, vignette at middle left of early railway car and engine, portrait at bottom left of Benjamin Franklin; portrait at top right of unknown man, vignette at middle right of early railway car and engine [same as left], portrait at bottom right of unknown man; reverse is blank; printed at top "A [handwritten] 483/ 20 20/ THE MISSISSIPPI & ALABAMA/ RAILROAD COMPANY/ Promises to pay TWENTY dollars on demand/ to [handwritten name indecipherable] or bearer. Brandon, Miss. [month indeciperable] 1st, 18 [handwritten] 37/ [signature indecipherable] Cash. [signature indecipherable] Pres."

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