Lot 138: Colonial Currency, Massachusetts. June 18, 1776. Seven Dollars. Genuine Note!
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Genuine June 18, 1776 Massachusetts Seven Dollars Note
Colony of Massachusetts Bay. June 18, 1776. Seven Dollars. Genuine & Original. "Small Sword in Hand" Design. Due Date of June 18, 1778. Choice Fine.
Fr. MA-212. This rare 1776 Revolutionary War date "Small Sword in Hand" note has perfect centering on its face side with four full large margins on each border. There is some expert conservation to seal small centerfold edge splits and remove some non-issue surface notations allowing for a clean, evenly circulated appearance. The simple reverse design is sharply printed in bold black, very crisp and clear having the eye appeal of Very Fine. Signed by W. Palfrey and S. Carlton (the same signers as on the Newman Plate example illustrated on page 210). Only 8,000 notes were issued, all due to be turned back into the Treasury for redemption by either 1778 or 1779. This issue has a small vignette at mid-left showing a Colonial Soldier holding a sword in one hand and a copy of the Magna Charta "MCA" in his other, in a smaller version of Paul Revere's famous engraved design. Genuine issued examples remain very rare and are prized by serious collectors.