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    Bold Allegorical Series Note

    Maryland July 26, 1775 $1 1/3 Allegorical Series Fr. MD-73. PCGS Very Fine 20 Apparent.
    This is an iconic Colonial currency type. Its unique character is tied to the politically charged vignette on the face. Eight denominations were issued from the series, and few collectors have achieved a complete set. The common face design for the issue, adapted from a woodcut by Thomas Sparrow, shows standing Britannia receiving the petition (CONG PETI) of the Continental Congress from America, who tramples the named scroll of SLAVERY. George III is shown stomping on M.[AGNA] CHARTA as he holds the torch to burn an American port being attacked by the British fleet. At each end (in the border cuts) are mottoes AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN and PRO ARIS ET FOCIS (For altars and the hearth). The back allegory represents a future peace between America and Britannia; the motto on the scroll below is PAX TRIUMPHIS POTIOR (Peace is preferable to victory). In the corners, deftly placed in the borders are, clockwise from the upper left, the signature of T.SPARROW, LIBERTY, 1775 and F.G. (for printer Frederick Green). No other Colonial note compares to this special series emitted shortly after the Battle of Lexington and official war declarations. There are no notes known from the series in their natural, "Uncirculated" state to our knowledge. The series circulated readily, and the majority of these rare notes known today are low grade, damaged in some manner and often repaired. This note has many attributes to recommend it as a superior piece. The printing on both sides is bold and visually exciting, with the details rendered beautifully. The note is nicely margined and the strong edges prevented the note from being needlessly trimmed. The missing small upper left corner tip is more than offset by the superb eye appeal overall. Noted with "Small Edge Splits; Minor Stains; Missing UL Corner Tip." This is an outstanding representative of the series and type.
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