United States (Texas Treasury Department) 9.6.1837 Cancelled 50 Dollar Note
Front: Male figure with flag at upper left, female personification at centre
These notes "were necessary in order to avoid the absolute dissolution of the Government."
The Texas treasury issued notes in June 1837 as a means to address financial challenges and fund the young Republic of Texas.
At that time, Texas had recently gained its independence from Mexico in 1836 and faced significant economic uncertainties.
One key reason for issuing these notes was to raise funds for the government. The act of June 12, 1837, authorized the issuance of $500,000 worth of promissory notes, marking the beginning of the republic's use of paper currency. The treasury was nearly empty, and the nation's credit was not strong, making it essential to generate financial resources through these notes issuance ].
Additionally, the Republic of Texas had to deal with various economic challenges, including a shortage of specie (gold and silver coins) and limited access to international credit markets. Issuing notes provided a means to facilitate trade and economic activities within the region.
The Texan Government cut-cancelled some notes once they were redeemed to ensure they weren't fraudulently redeemed again.
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