High End Very Fine Marbled Edge $20Continental Currency May 10, 1775 $20 PCGS Apparent Very Fine 35.
The May 10, 1775 Session $20 Marbled Border note is one of the most stirring and iconic American paper money notes. The Continental Congress series notes began with this uniquely styled type. Its overall rarity and direct relationship to Benjamin Franklin's printing innovations make it highly sought after. Franklin furnished the well-crafted marbled polychrome paper that was designed to deter counterfeiting. On the face, within a pattern border, are the emblem at left and obligation at right. Across the top are the words, CONTINENTAL CURRENCY. The circular medallic emblem shows wind personified as a large face ruffling the water with his strength. The motto VI CONCITATE (Driven by force) is above, within the outer circle. The back, printed coin turn, has a wider pattern border and different emblem than the face. "Continental Currency'' is at top right, the denomination right center, and the imprint of Hall and Sellers at the bottom right. The back emblem at the left features ships on calm sea, with radiant sun shining above, encircled with the motto CESSANTE VENTO CONQUIESCEMUS (When the storm dies down we will rest). The notes were printed on sturdy, moderately thick paper with the marbled color border edge at left face. This is an above average example and is not split down the middle as often seen. It was given an Apparent grade due to a restoration.
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