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    Marbled Edge $20 May 10, 1775 Continental

    Continental Currency May 10, 1775 $20 PCGS Very Fine 30.
    PCGS has commented, "small splits, tears, and minor damage; repairs; masked stain near bottom left." That list of defects is all accurate, but the note is surprisingly handsome and actually quite high grade. The repairs are all at the very edges. The stain can barely be seen and every word of the text on both sides is as sharp as the day the note was printed. The marbling is not terribly wide, but is fully original. There are two repaired splits into the marbling, but none of the color has been replaced, redrawn, or enhanced in any manner. The same can be said about the signatures. Both the brown and red signatures are perfect and untouched by any problem. 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 commenced 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 used for the notes; the unique paper type was designed to deter counterfeiting. Franklin used a similar marbled paper for the United States loan certificates made near Paris to finance the late stages of the American Revolution. Most importantly, he sketched the inspired face and back emblems and mottos. They were later paired together on the May 10, 1775 Session $30 notes as well as on the backs of the $30 notes from three subsequent resolutions. 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 paper type became fragile when creased and was subject to edge splits.

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    January, 2018
    3rd-9th Wednesday-Tuesday
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