DescriptionMassachusetts December 7, 1775 36s Contemporary Counterfeit PMG Choice Extremely Fine 45.
A contemporary counterfeit of this classic Sword in Hand Colonial type. This is one of the more deceptive contemporary counterfeits and the second highest grade example that we have handled. The note is well printed, well signed, and it clearly circulated, at least briefly, alongside the genuine notes. The note has the look of a genuine example and is distinguished from the genuine only by minute differences in engraving. The easiest ones to spot are the straight vertical main masts on the ship vignette. On the genuine examples, the masts slant to the right. An unusually bright, clean and very attractive note that will not realize anywhere near the five figures that a genuine in this grade would realize. The note lacks the normally seen pen cancels on the front. Unlike most others we have seen, the signatures are not heavily crossed out and the back is unmolested.
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