State of Massachusetts Bay Treasury Certificate at 6% Interest £268, 10s January 1, 1780. Anderson MA 20. Very Fine-Extremely Fine. Nicely margined, well printed and well signed, this is the variety with the name of the engraver, J.M. Furnass, at lower right. John Mason Furnass was born on Mar. 4, 1763 and died in Dedham, MA on June 22, 1804. He was the cousin of engraver Nathaniel Hurd. The holder of the certificate endorsed the back and requested "Please to pay the within to George Warren." A few small splits are seen at the folds on this cancelled example. In The Price of Liberty, William G. Anderson lists these certificates as Low R6, meaning 21 to 30 known. This certificate has a handwritten due date of 1785 rather than the date spread of 1781-84 listed in Anderson. All three varieties of these certificates, as listed in Anderson, are included in tonight's auction.

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