Extremely Fine Marbled Edge $20 Continental With Only Minor RestorationsContinental Currency May 10, 1775 $20 PCGS Apparent Extremely Fine 40.
This Marbled Edge Continental note is unlike any other from the entire series of 102 different pieces. On page 203 of Historical Sketches of American Paper Currency, published in 1866, Henry Phillips, Jr. said, "The note is a very peculiar one, being entirely different from all the rest of the issues of the Continental Congress. How this happened or the reason for so strange a deviation is not and perhaps can never be known." These $20 bills were printed on weak, thin white paper furnished by Benjamin Franklin. The left end of the bills had a polychrome multicolor anticounterfeiting device that gave the notes a distinctly different appearance. They were also considerably wider and shorter than any other Continentals. The back of this example, as on all known pieces, is inverted. The Apparent has been assigned for "Minor Restorations," which seem to refer to repairs of a few minor edge nicks. The marbling is medium wide with excellent color, and both the red and brown signatures are extremely strong. The appearance of the note is spectacular, with none of the heavy rebuilding or dark aging that is often seen on this important type.
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