Highest $80 Denomination Continental Currency NoteContinental Currency January 14, 1779 $80 Fr. CC-102. PCGS Choice About New 58.
The last Continental currency note and highest denomination. Like the $70, this denomination was added instead of the $8 originally authorized. It was printed on the pane array with the lowest denominations. Continental currency had been revalued with 40 old Continental dollars equal to one new Continental dollar, making this in effect equivalent to a $2 note from the earlier issues. This final Hopkinson-designed emblem shows a large tree with the motto ET IN SECULA SECULORUM FLORESCEBIT (And it will flourish for ages and ages) -- almost as lengthy as the $70 motto. A beautifully balanced note, nearly perfect in appearance. The face margins are ample, wide for this series. The red color on the emblem and border is vibrant. The diamond shape is quite noticeable here and caused these notes to be referred to as "kite faced bills" in the period. The printing is excellent. This is a key denomination from the resolution and very scarce in high grades.
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