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    Colonial "Sword In Hand" Note

    Massachusetts August 18, 1775 4s PMG Very Fine 30.
    The highest graded example by far examined by PMG and the second highest that we have offered at auction. This note is dated exactly four months after Paul Revere's Midnight Ride. The first military engagement of the Revolutionary War would take place with the Battles of Lexington and Concord on the very next day. In the meantime, Revere had been captured by a British mounted patrol in Lincoln. He was interrogated at gunpoint and the patrol escorted him toward Lexington. A warning shot and the ringing of the Lexington town's bell convinced the British soldiers to release Revere and their other prisoners and to head back in order to inform their commander of the worsening situation. This issue was engraved and printed by Paul Revere. The back possesses a boldly printed "Sword in Hand" vignette of a Revolutionary soldier holding a copy of the Magna Charta. The words, "Issued in defence of American Liberty" are incorporated in the design, too. Revere's Midnight Ride and the Battles of Lexington and Concord must have greatly influenced Revere in the production of this issue. Simply, a great note with a direct connection to "the shot heard round the world."

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