Ill support of their plea of payment the defendants offered in evidence two receipts issued by the clerk of the town of Tay-lorsville acknowledging payment of the total balance due on the street assessments sued on, and also certain audits of the town, covering the period, in which the statement of street assessments showed nothing due by the Moose estate.
The plaintiff in-rebuttal alleged and offered evidence tending to show that the receipts were given by the clerk, without authority of the town, in exchange for certain notes of the Campbell Lumber Company, that no money was actually paid, and that on the books of the town the transaction was entered as a credit “by note.”
The statute provides that taxes are payable in existing national currency (C. S., 7977), and it has been held that ordinarily the tax collector has no right to receive payment in any other form, so as to discharge the lien (Guaranty Co. v. McGougan, 204 N. C., 13, 167 S. E., 387; Kerner v. Cottage Co., 123 N. C., 294, 31 S. E., 718). But the production of the receipts of the town clerk, showing payment in full, constituted prima facie evidence of payment by the defendants, and this would require that the issues raised be submitted to the jury for their determination, under appropriate instructions from the court. The defendants did not admit that the receipts were given for notes or for payment in any other form than money. R. R. v. Lumber Co., 185 N. C., 227, 117 S. E., 50.
There was error in giving the peremptory instructions complained of, necessitating a new trial.