Rhode Island Agricultural Bank $3
July 10, 1839. RI-135 G18, Durand 500
As Roger Durand points out in Obsolete Notes and Scrip of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations, this note features a vignette seen on no other banknotes. It’s the burning of the Gaspee on June 10, 1772, which took place on a sandbar in Narragansett Bay. This act is considered by many historians as the opening volley of America’s Revolutionary War.
Signatures of Solomon Townsend, cashier, and Samuel Ward King, president.