Attractive Marbled Edge Continental with an Unusually Large Unmolested Marbled AreaContinental Currency May 10, 1775 $20 PCGS Apparent Very Fine 35.
The Apparent grade has been assigned to this marbled edge Continental for "Restorations; Minor Stains". The restorations are well done and in the blank borders at the top and right. The stains are some light foxing visible almost entirely on the always inverted back. The marbling is huge, measuring slightly over 3/4 inch along its entire length, and it is utterly untouched by restoration. 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. had this to say: "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 that was 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 were.
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