Museum-Quality Revere-Engraved "Sword in Hand" NoteMassachusetts Bay August 18, 1775 2 Shillings Fr. MA-159. PCGS Very Fine 25.
Following the Revere copperplate notes, the next several series of Revere-engraved and printed notes featured the "Sword in Hand" types issued across four dates. These were smaller, vertical format types similar in size to modern playing cards. The faces used texts in a large cartouche, and a small vignette at the lower left varying by denomination (the one shilling featured a pine tree like those on the 1652 silver shillings). The backs used the iconic patriot wielding a sword, a dynamic image to place on money during the wartime period. Most genuine "Swords" are low grade or damaged. However, all are charming and historic. This example is extraordinary on several accounts. It is the second-lowest denomination from the issue and would have been hard used for making change, yet it has marched forth in time nearly 250 years in remarkable condition. The note is full size, untrimmed, and has original deckling along the bottom edge. The printing clarity is sharp, with strong details on the face and back. The patriot vignette on the back has lifelike facial details exemplifying Paul Revere's fine engraving craftsmanship to its fullest. Very few "Swords" from any of the four issues are superior to this "perfect" Very Fine note. Illustrated in the fifth edition of Newman's reference, The Early Paper Money of America on page 47 of the color plates. A high-caliber cabinet of early American paper currency can certainly be built upon the foundation of this museum-quality example.
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