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    Extremely Rare Massachusetts Counterfeit

    Massachusetts Counterfeit May 31, 1710 20s PMG Very Fine 30.
    Friedberg states at the very beginning of the Massachusetts Colonial issues that all notes from MA-1 through MA-139 are very rare or extremely rare. That is certainly plausible as we have offered very few from that number range during our careers and that includes both genuine and counterfeit examples. The note in this lot is a well executed counterfeit of MA-34 and it is the first note of any type that we can recall offering from the 1710 issue. We do know that an example of this counterfeit in raw VF realized $10,350 in 2004. For further comparison purposes, we have auctioned three different counterfeits from the Massachusetts 1708 issue and not a single genuine note. The three counterfeits were all of the 40 Shillings denomination and each graded PCGS XF 40 with comments. The last example of that trio realized $7,800 in September, 2018. Our current counterfeit offering is a real beauty that has been skillfully repaired. Look for it to seriously challenge our estimate.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2019
    4th-9th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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