Surviving counterfeits of North Carolina currency are fairly rare,
certainly not as
abundant as those misrepresenting Confederate issues or the notes of
some sister states.
This suggests that counterfeiting was not as large a problem here as
North Carolina forgeries did circulate, along with other unusual
currencies, such as these
$3 and $4 notes. While counterfeiters are generally known for copying
currency, some unscrupulous printers of the period merely concocted
money. The notes they produced look official but have no legitimate
state never issued notes of these types. Today money collectors refer
to such specimens
as spurious notes.