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[MORMON CURRENCY]. -- YOUNG, Brigham (1801-1877). A complete set of the five denominations used after the arrival of the Mormons in Great Salt Lake, 20 January 1849 (.50, $1, $2 and $3) and March 28, 1849 (.25). Each approximatey 51 x 95 mm. The first four are made out to H.K Whitney and SIGNED BY BRIGHAM YOUNG, countersigned by Thomas Bullock and Heber C. Kimball and with the embossed seal of the Twelve Apostles. The last is blank and is without seal.
[MORMON CURRENCY]. -- YOUNG, Brigham (1801-1877). A complete set of the five denominations used after the arrival of the Mormons in Great Salt Lake, 20 January 1849 (.50, $1, $2 and $3) and March 28, 1849 (.25). Each approximatey 51 x 95 mm. The first four are made out to H.K Whitney and SIGNED BY BRIGHAM YOUNG, countersigned by Thomas Bullock and Heber C. Kimball and with the embossed seal of the Twelve Apostles. The last is blank and is without seal.

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[MORMON CURRENCY]. -- YOUNG, Brigham (1801-1877). A complete set of the five denominations used after the arrival of the Mormons in Great Salt Lake, 20 January 1849 (.50, $1, $2 and $3) and March 28, 1849 (.25). Each approximatey 51 x 95 mm. The first four are made out to H.K Whitney and SIGNED BY BRIGHAM YOUNG, countersigned by Thomas Bullock and Heber C. Kimball and with the embossed seal of the Twelve Apostles. The last is blank and is without seal.

Apparently the first denomination issued was the 50 cent bill, as the autograph signature of Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball are spelled out in full, and the later denominations are signed with initials. Additionally, on the 50 cent note the serial number is filled in, and is not on the others. The 25 cent bill was probably not issued, as the signatures were not applied. Prior to the issue of these printed forms, currency was exchanged with hand-written notes. See Sheridan L. McGarry, Mormon Money, reprinted from The Numismatist, 1951, p. 17.

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NAUVOO HOUSE ASSOCIATION. Two $50 notes of capital stock, signed by George Miller, president of the Association and John Snider, secretary. Nauvoo, IL: E. Robinson, endorsed 11 February 1847. Wood engraved ornament at left with standing eagle and woodcut illustration of "Nauvoo House" at top, the first numbered "10" and the second "16". Each approximately 63 x 175 mm, upper right corners clipped as usual.

One device employed to avoid the banking problems encountered when the Mormons were in Ohio was to camouflage the banking function by issuing paper money as shares in the Nauvoo House Association. This $50 note is of the first series issued. See Sheridan L. McGarry, Mormon Money, reprinted from The Numismatist, 1951, p. 5. (7)

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