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    Very Likely Finest Known Paul Revere Engraved and Printed Sword in Hand Note of Any Denomination

    Massachusetts August 18, 1775 4s Sword in Hand Note PCGS Choice New 63.
    In its last public appearance, this note was called, "Possibly the Finest Known Example from the Entire Series." In the seven intervening years, no information to the contrary has surfaced and we will take that statement one step further by changing "possibly" to very likely. The note is simply stunning on every level. It has the appearance and vibrance of a note that was just recently printed as opposed to one approaching 250 years old. The two signatures are executed in contrasting blue and brown inks and both are as bright as the moment the pen was lifted from the paper. We are tempted to use the word flawless, although the note does have four very minor mounting marks in the back corners. They are immaterial enough to have not been mentioned by PCGS. We have handled any number of rarer and more valuable Colonial notes, but for sheer historic impact, this magnificent piece simply cannot be surpassed. In its last auction appearance, the note fell just shy of the $40,000 mark, which was well under what we considered the other auction house's realistic estimate of $60,000-$80,000. The Colonial market has been essentially sideways over the past seven years, but the market for truly significant Americana has increased fairly dramatically. We are conflicted as to this note's actual value and will not know until the hammer falls what the buying public's opinion is. We will estimate it right near its last auction realization with a strong suspicion that number will prove conservative.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2018
    5th-11th Wednesday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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