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    Boldly Printed $4 Allegorical Series Note

    Maryland July 26, 1775 $4 Allegorical Series Fr. MD-76. PCGS Very Fine 30 Apparent.
    This is another very iconic Colonial currency type. Its unique character is due to the politically charged vignette on the face. Eight denominations were issued from the series, and few collectors have achieved a complete set. This is a well printed note and bold on the face. It is "short" on the sides, with the border cuts trimmed away in the period, perhaps to better fit into a wallet. The clarity of the vignette compensates for that narrowness. 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, here trimmed away) 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, signature of T.SPARROW, LIBERTY, 1775 and F.G. (for printer Frederick Green, trimmed away). There is no other Colonial note that 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. The series circulated readily and the majority of these rare notes known today are damaged in some manner and usually repaired. This boldly printed example is a handsome type note, narrow due to the trimming at the sides. Also, noted by PCGS is "Small Paper Pull on Back." Despite the missing end border cuts, very pleasing. Its original paper and printing clarity give it a premium appearance.

    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


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