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    Massachusetts June 18, 1776 3s 6d PMG Very Fine 30 EPQ.
    There were two payable dates for this issue and this example is the variety with the latter date of June 18, 1779 rather than 1778. Printer Benjamin Edes (1732-1803) used very coarse paper for this issue and the notes did not print up well. As Isaiah Thomas stated in The History of Printing in America, many printing supplies had previously been obtained from England and during the war "paper, of course, was extremely scarce, and what could be procured was badly manufactured... It was often taken from the mill wet, and unsized... Every thing like rags was ground up together to make a substitute for paper. This, with wretched ink, and worn out types, produced miserable printing." Edes was known for his patriotism. Most of these notes are seen in the Fine or lower grade range, making this example a real treat for any aspiring colonial collector. The print quality is actually very nice for this issue and the signature of D (Daniel) Hopkins and serial number are clear and bold.

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