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    Connecticut (1799) Hartford and New Haven Turnpike Block of Four. This block is identical to the block that we sold in our January 2003 sale as Lot 16162 for over $2500. This New block of four Hartford & New Haven Turnpike notes has one each of the 25¢, 12¢5mills, 6¢3mills, and 4¢ notes. It also has the top 13mm of the 2¢ and 5mills notes below. Newman pictures a full sheet of six, but other than that pictured sheet, we've seen only these four higher denominations and fragments of the two lower. The Hartford & New Haven Turnpike has become Route 91, and these notes, with their unusual use of mills, were employed as toll tickets on that road. The vignettes on the notes were keyed to the conveyances permitted on the Turnpike for varying fees. The 25¢, with its elaborate two-horse carriage, and the 6¢3mills, with its one-horse open sleigh, are both particularly popular. The block is uncirculated and unsigned, with some minor foxing, as is always the case. A little known, but fascinating (at least to this cataloger) aside about these Hartford & New Haven Turnpike notes, is the fact that they were printed on the blank backs of two maps that had been glued face-to-face. When candled (held to a bright light), the maps can be clearly seen. On this example, the word "ONTARIO" can be clearly read, as can the words "New York Militia." A river, and parts of other words, can also be seen.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2005
    15th-30th Friday-Saturday
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