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    Conditionally Rare and Important Franklin Printed 1746 Note

    Delaware February 28, 1746 18d Fr. DE-24 PMG Choice Extremely Fine 45.
    This is an exceptional Delaware Colonial note that some might overlook at first glance, but proper scrutiny uncovers its immense significance and great rarity. Not only very rare as a type, but conditionally rare and in an unheard of state of preservation. This series was printed by Benjamin Franklin prior to his partnership with David Hall when he went from immensely busy to more immensely busy; eventually becoming one the greatest American Nation founders whose ties to numismatics are legendary. Two plates were created at the Franklin workshop for the issue. One for lesser change notes which were uniface like this (without a back imprint) and the second a pair of plates for the larger denomination, two-sided notes. This 18d note has light circulation and is in a comment free holder. It looks New at first glance and it is hard to imagine a finer example on the planet. Eric Newman's collection had six notes from this 1746 issue, but they were all very low grade/damaged/pinned examples. Boyd had several denominations spread throughout those sales and all were low grade, backed, or the other assorted maladies that plague Colonials from that period. These magnificent holdings had nothing to compare to this on the issue. For the Delaware Colonial specialist this is a priceless example and a realization in multiples of its starting bid is recommended. You will likely never upgrade or replace this jewel.


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