DescriptionMassachusetts State Lottery, Class the Third £15 June 1, 1779. Anderson MA-15
These notes were used to pay the winners of the state lottery. "Massachusetts State Lottery, Class the Third" is seen along the right margin. Lotteries in Colonial America were much different than the lotteries of today and were viewed favorably by the clergy as they were often used as a means to raise money for churches and colleges, Harvard among them. The vignette of a pine tree surrounded by a rattlesnake at upper left adds to the appeal. The spiral design at bottom includes the text, "DEATH TO COUNTERFEIT THIS." Treasurer H. Gardner's signature is seen partially crossed out at the bottom. PMG Choice Extremely Fine 45 Net. Cancelled, edge damage, ink burn.
Estimate: $300 - up.
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