WILLIAMSBURG, March 27, 1777.
Lost Yesterday Evening in this City, 187 DOLLARS of continental Currency, with several Letters directed to Gentlemen of the 2d Regiment. Whoever has found them, and will bring them to me at Mr. Maupin's, shall have twenty Dollars Reward. JOHN WORSHAM.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) March 28, 1777
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The Continental was the name of a paper currency issued by several American Colonies, as well as by the Continental Congress, after the Revolutionary War began in 1775. The expression, "not worth a continental" arose when Continental money had become so utterly worthless towards the end of the Revolutionary War.
Sources: Matthews, vol 1.