Maryland July 14, 1756 20 Shillings Fr. MD-37. PCGS Very F...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Seldom Encountered and Exceedingly Rare July 14, 1756 Maryland NoteMaryland July 14, 1756 20 Shillings Fr. MD-37. PCGS Very Fine 25 Apparent.
This is an exceedingly rare and distinctive Maryland note and issue. So seldom encountered, the series was missing from the comprehensive F. C. C. Boyd Collection. This may be the first note from the series auctioned in over 30 years. On the face, cast bordering encloses the text, Maryland arms upper left, and standing Colonial man vignette at the upper right. The intricate borders and ornaments would have made counterfeiting or denomination raising difficult (note the four crown emblems to equal 20 shillings). The issue was printed by Jonas Green with nature print backs that were later used on 1767, 1770, and 1774 issues. Boldly printed on both sides and quite full. Noted with "Splits, Tears, and Minor Damage; Repairs." Overall, this example is quite striking. Decades of surveying many major Colonial note sales indicates very few examples from this series are in private collections. The only auction record we can cite is from Stack's Roper 2nd Collection sale, March 20, 1984, lot 40. That note was a magnificent "About Very Fine," realizing $4,620 decades ago. A key Colonial note and the first we have cataloged. The series is underrated compared to the later and popular 1775 Allegorical series notes. This is a treasured piece from the Newman Collection and worthy of a strong realization. It might be an additional three decades before another note from the 1756 Maryland issue is cataloged for public auction.
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Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000.
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