On this day: February 3

Published: Jan 23 2014 01:04:46 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 03 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

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1690: The Massachusetts Bay Colony issues the first paper money in America. The issuance of the banknotes, called a bill of credit, was a temporary experiment to help fund the war effort against France. They represented the colony's obligation to the soldiers, who could spend or trade the colony's banknote just like silver and gold coins.

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