Finest Known Full Sheet of Fractional ContinentalsContinental Currency February 17, 1776 Twenty Four Note Sheet Choice About New.
This complete fractional denomination sheet is neck and neck with the incredible marbled-edge $20 as the most significant item in The Collection of a Patriotic American. Each of the four denominations is present six times on the sheet. The only actual fold is between the two panes of twelve. These sheets were folded when produced and sewn together in groups. There are three needle holes right along the fold, but far away from any of the individual notes. Four or five of the notes would individually grade About New due to handling marks, but most all of the notes are simply perfect Gems. To our best knowledge, only three sheets exist. This is the finest of the three by a narrow margin, but its close competitor for finest known is permanently impounded in a museum. The third sheet has not been seen by this cataloger, but second-hand opinions tend to use the word "ratty" or "rag" giving the impression that it is not particularly nice.
Collectors have always been attracted to these fractional notes above all other Continentals, in part due to their uniqueness, but far more importantly people are drawn to their historic design featuring Ben Franklin's sundial vignette on the face and the thirteen chain links, containing the names of the original colonies, surrounding "We are One," on the back. These devices were adapted for the 1776 Continental Dollar coins and the 1787 Fugio Cent. This sheet is an irreplaceable treasure.
From The Collection of a Patriotic American
Estimate: $100,000 - up.
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