Finest Seen 1776 Sterling 5 Shillings Blue SealGeorgia 1776 Sterling Denominations 5 Shillings Blue Seal Hope with SPERANDUM Fr. GA-66a. PCGS Extremely Fine 45 Apparent.
The 1776 Blue Seal Hope with SPERANDUM is a foundational type from the Georgia Colonial currency series. The type is a great rarity, seldom encountered in any condition, and very underrated. It is thought to be Rarity 7 (4-12 known). Its design is a reflection of the Revolutionary War spirit at the onset of hostilities. Most Georgia 1776 Sterling 5 shilling notes issued featured the black printed Crown motif. These were deemed unpatriotic and evolved into this very limited blue color seal type. Following the Sterling issue, there were several issues of color seal notes. However, this is a significant first color seal type and the only use of this Hope motif and motto on Georgia. It is a rare note in all grades, and the few encountered are usually very low grade or damaged in some manner. This example defies that norm and is certainly among the finest known. It has superb paper originality and brightness, and the blue seal color is rich and even. The perfectly defined vignette shows Hope standing with the motto SPERANDUM (One must hope) arcing above. Although the Boyd note was broader, the seal lacked the perfection seen here and there was an edge chipped off. That note realized $5,750 in the May 2005 Ford Part X sale in Atlanta. This is the first auction offering of the present example, the finest we have seen. Noted only with some "Small Edge Tears." Essential for a definitive collection of Georgia seal notes. This is pleasing to the eye and is the key type from the 1776 Sterling issue.
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