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[ Bank Notes (Numismatic) ] Massachusetts Colony
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[ Bank Notes (Numismatic) ] Massachusetts Colony. February 3, 1690 [1691]. ``20 Shillings''. No. 701. Signed by Penn Townsend, Adam Winthrop, and Tim.(othy) Thornton. Printed on thin, but sturdy laid paper. 105mm by 140mm. Dimensionally a ``tall'' note. Printed in black, from engraved copper plates, with a scroll indent at the top face and top back. The rest of the back is blank. At the lower left is the Colony seal with Indian and slogan COME OVER & HELP US ( reversed) within oval surrounded by motto SIGILLVM: GVB: &: SOCS: DE MATTACHVSETS BAY. IN:NOV: ANGLIA: (Seal of the Government of Massachusetts Bay in New England). As with all known examples of this issue, this has an altered denomination from a genuine Two Shillings Six Pence note to either Ten or Twenty Shillings In this case, it was accomplished by using the ``Tw'', adding the rest and on the next line replacing ``Six Pence'' with ``Shillings''. This historic and excessively rare example is The Newman Plate Note, so illustrated on page 181 of the fourth edition. Close to Extremely Fine. The note is rim mounted an eighth of an inch around onto a thin piece of card ( marked in pencil on the wide margin of card by Boyd ``The first colonial paper money'') very long ago showing most of the back still. There are two vertical folds, showing soiling from the back. Also, a back pencil code, ``iiryx'' in Boyd's hand right of center. The face appears to have some edge nicks along the mounting and an ink spot at the upper right edge as shown on the Newman plate ( note: what looks like a chip off the indent is a piece of paper that strayed on the plate photo). The signatures, serial and printing are strong on this epic piece of American Currency. We have never had the privilege of offering a note of this series. We can trace only two modern public sales of a note from this emission.Both were in the R.M. Smythe Chicago Paper Money Sale #184 (February 19, 1999) which had two different altered denominations. The first, altered to 10 Shillings ( Lot 1025, Serial No.832, Very Fine, stain), brought $62,700. The second, an altered to 20 Shillings such as this (Lot 1026, Serial No. 7!, Very Fine, minor flaws, back stains) brought $63,250-the record for a Colonial American note at auction. In light of that and the fact that Colonial Currency collecting has finally seen the increased interest that was far overdue in the past three years, we expect that record to fall tonight on this note. Our opinion is that this is worthy of being the first six figure Colonial note sold at auction ever, that the new owner will be purchasing not only one of the greatest American paper currency notes, but also will be part of the lore and legacy of this up and coming branch of American numismatics. {cp8} (SEE COLOR PLATE) Ex F.C.C. Boyd Estate.
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