Extremely Rare Pink Continental Currency Counterfeit DetectorContinental Currency May 10, 1775 $30 Pink Counterfeit Detector PCGS About New 53.
Counterfeit Detectors were printed from the same plates as the genuine notes. They were prepared to distribute to merchants and financial institutions so that they could compare notes that they received in the normal course of business to the detector notes to determine genuineness. As a deterrent to prevent detectors from being signed, numbered, and spent, they were printed on colored paper, almost always blue. A very few detectors were printed on pinkish paper, which was actually close in color to the normal paper but with thousands of small pink fibers manufactured in, to give it a pinkish cast. This is the first example that HCAA or our predecessor company CAA has ever handled. It is in fact only the second example that this cataloger has ever seen. We are aware of one other that we have not seen; all three examples are $30 detectors from the May 10, 1775 issue. It appears from the existence of a half sheet that the $1 to $8 denominations of this first issue of Continentals were produced in the normal blue. The $30 denomination was produced separately and the paper used for these was this pink tinted paper. Certainly a subject for future research; but beyond a doubt extremely rare. Difficult to estimate but our best guess would be...
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