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    Massachusetts Bay State Treasury Certificate December 1, 1777 £200 Anderson MA-10 Very Fine.
    A pen cancelled example that has the Sword in Hand vignette at upper left. The engraver of the vignette is Nathaniel Hurd. The Engraver's Line by Gene Hessler states that, "Hurd is probably the first recognized engraver in the United States" on page 177. His specialty was engraving bookplates. He started the engraving both the faces and backs for the twelve highest denominations of the October 18, 1776 Massachusetts Colonial issue, but they were finished by Paul Revere. Hurd died on December 17, 1777. This certificate has three edge tears and a large vertical tear, all repaired with tape from long ago. There are several internal splits and a small hole.


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