1823-24 John Weavell Hobart Shilling Note Pair

1823-24 John Weavell Hobart Shilling Note Pair

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A rare, fascinating element of Australia's earliest modern history, we are delighted to present two 1820s promissory notes from Tasmanian trader, John Weavell.
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The first European settlers of Australia suffered an extreme currency shortage, with the shortage particularly acute in Van Diemen's Land. A remarkable time in our history, the cash crisis forced colonial authorities to recognise traders' promissory notes as legal tender. Among the traders to issue notes was 'merchant and general dealer' John Weavell, who operated from Elizabeth St, Hobart Town. Hand-signed by Weavell, and inscribed 'Van Diemen's Land', these notes are rare and highly sought after.
Dated 1823 and 1824 respectively, we have two genuine, original Weavell One Shilling Notes available. Nearly 200 years old, and known by just a few examples, these rare colonial artefacts give you the chance to hold Australian history in your hands.
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