Special Collections: Lion Dollars

Lion Dollars, a form of Dutch currency, found extensive use in colonial Maryland. Interestingly, within the colonies, these coins garnered the colloquial term 'dog dollars' owing to the lion's stance on the coin bearing a resemblance to a dog standing upright on its hind legs. Historical documents from 1701 and 1708 notably highlight the lion dollar's prominence as the primary circulating currency in Maryland, underscoring its significant role in the economic landscape of the time.