Contemporary Counterfeit December 7, 1775 Sword in HandMassachusetts December 7, 1775 36s PCGS About New 50.
A contemporary counterfeit of this classic sword in hand Colonial type. It has been consigned to us directly by the man who purchased it from Milford Bolender in March of 1959. It appears from the original envelope, that it was purchased as a genuine as all of the pertinent information is in pen and the words contemporary counterfeit and information about the counterfeit are in pencil. This is one of the more deceptive contemporary counterfeits and the 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 has been pen cancelled on the front with a very light X across the text, but unlike most others we have seen, the signatures are not heavily crossed out and the back is unmolested.
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