Counterfeiting and Michigan: The Territorial and Early Statehood Years

Christopher A Bailey, Nancy Jean White

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This paper gives a general, economic, and legal overview of counterfeiting in Michigan during the territorial and early statehood years. From an economic perspective, we examine the effects of state bank numbers and the stock of money on counterfeiting, and the usefulness and costs of counterfeiting. From a legal perspective, we review the laws and the changes to the laws related to counterfeiting. In addition, we provide data on criminal counterfeiting charges, and fines and punishments resulting from county prosecutions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMichigan Historical Review
StateSubmitted - 1800


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