Apr 13, 2023 - Sale 2633

Sale 2633 - Lot 23

Price Realized: $ 845
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--CURRENCY.) Group of 15 pieces of canceled paper currency issued by Massachusetts during the war. Each about 2 1/2 x 3 inches or 3 x 3 3/4 inches, printed on two sides, variously signed by committee members; generally worn, each with diamond-shaped cancellation hole cut from center, three also with red inked "interest paid one year" stamps. Boston and Philadelphia, 1778 and 1780

Additional Details

Pair of the "codfish" notes engraved by Paul Revere (see Brigham, page 236 and Plate 77), each with a decorative fish in the upper border and a liberty tree on verso: Three Pence, signed by Richard Cranch; and Twelve Pence / One Shilling, signed by Jonathan Brown. Boston, October 1778.

9 notes from the May 1780 issue: One Dollar (two examples), Two Dollars (two examples), Three Dollars, Four Dollars (two examples), Five Dollars (two examples), Eight Dollars, and Twenty Dollars (two examples), signed variously on recto by Ebenezer Wales, Richard Cranch, Loammi Baldwin, Thomas Dawes, and Samuel Henshaw, most also countersigned on red and black verso by Peter Boyer, Nathaniel Appleton, or Thomas Walley. [Philadelphia]: Hall & Sellers [successors to Benjamin Franklin], May 1780.