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William Penn

Biography

bORN IN London, England. Married Gulielma Maria Springett April 4, 1672. She died in 1694. Married Hannah Callowhill in January 1696. He had four sons.

Penn received a land grant from Charles II. On this land he founded the colony of Pennsylvania in 1681. He died in Ruscombe, Berkshire.

Penn appears on paper money:

$1 1857 Penn Township Savings, Philadelphia

$2 1856 Bank of Newark, Delaware

$5 1841 Towanda Bank, Pennsylvania

$5 1859 Fort Stanwix bank, Oneida, New York

$10 1826 Bank of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

$10 1833 Bank of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

$20 Pisatqua Exchange Bank, Portsmith, NH

$20 Farmers Bank of Schuylkill County, PA

Penn appears on three mint medals. A 38 mm medal (Julian CM-40) was produced for the Pennsylvania Bicentennial in 1882. Dies were by George T. Morgan. A second 38 mm medal (Julian CM-41) has the same obverse but a different reverse. The third medal for the Bicentennial was 25 mm (Julian CM-42) with dies by Morgan. Julian reports that 75,000 were distributed during a parade October 24, 1882. The mint sold modern copies of this medal (USM 613).

bio: ApCAB; DAB; Drake; EAB; NCAB 2; TCBDA; WAB; WWWA-H

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies

 

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