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    Rare Commodity Bond

    Massachusetts Commodity Bond January 1, 1780 Very Fine, repairs. This bond is listed in the Anderson reference, The Price of Liberty, as MA-21 and considered by him to be a R-5 (31 to 75 known). These Commodity Bonds are perhaps the most interesting of all the Massachusetts fiscal paper, because both their principal and interest were tied to the current price of various commodities (corn, beef, sheep's wool, sole leather) at the date the bond was due. The bonds were authorized to cover the depreciation of pay received by Continental soldiers and sailors. This specimen was payable to Benjamin Barron, a lieutenant in the Continental Navy. This is also the scarcer variety, with the engraver's name, J.M. Furnass, incorporated in small letters within the loop of the final "r" in Treasurer in the lower right corner. However, only remnants of that imprint remain. The wear on this note consists of three vertical folds, three archival tape repairs, soiling near the right edge, small holes, edge nicks, and a clipped corner tip. However, none of the design features is seriously compromised. Still a rare item that is much better in appearance than it is in description, and it is also a direct link to America's fight for independence.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2008
    17th-21st Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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