Pennsylvania Obsolete Currency Winegardner & Mudge 1863
A 10 cent shinplaster from Winegardner and Mudge from Williamsport Pennsylvania drawn on West Branch Bank and dated January 1863, right in the middle of the Civil War era before the Battle of Gettysburg that took place in this same state. The front of this bill has Williamsport Pa West Branch Bank pay to bearer 10 cents. There is a small medallion with a girl's head in the center. On the back is a circle with Winegardner and Mudge Cash Dealers in Staple and Fancy Dry Goods at Williamsport Pa. So evidently this was a store or mercantile that was short on hard currency and silver, so they issued this paper fractional currency. Coinage got extremely scarce during the Civil War and a lot of companies issued change notes or "shinplasters" such as this one. The condition is almost uncirculated, however there is a 1/2 inch cut on the bottom of the bill which extends up past the signature line. The picture shows the actual Pennsylvania obsolete money that is for sale at Brandywine General Store.