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    Strikingly Handsome Marbled Edge Continental

    Continental Currency May 10, 1775 $20 PMG Choice Extremely Fine 45 Net.
    This absolutely lovely Marbled Edge Continental was net graded for "Restoration of Margin Splits." We can locate but two, one each at the top and bottom of the very light vertical center fold. The signatures and serial number are as bold as the day the note was printed, and it's very well margined all around on both sides. 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. Most examples are found damaged or heavily restored. A near-pristine piece such as this is an extreme rarity. Along with its technical high grade comes extraordinary eye appeal. With the current high level of interest in the Continental Series, we're confident this note will reach or exceed our estimate of...


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    April, 2012
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