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    Massachusetts Treasury Certificate Issued July 21, 1778 for £60.
    This is listed as MA-10 in Anderson's The Price of Liberty. It has a rarity rating of R-4, indicating that 76 to 200 pieces are known. This is the single most sought after piece of fiscal paper from the American Revolutionary period due to its elaborate engraving and the vignette of a Continental soldier with a raised sword surrounded by a rattlesnake. The entire engraving for this piece was done by Nathaniel Hurd, a contemporary of Paul Revere. In the past this bond was often attributed to Revere, due in part to the Sword in Hand vignette which is very similar to Revere's that was used on Massachusetts Colonial notes, and also due in a likely larger part to the power of wishful thinking. In any event, these 7 1/2" square bonds are highly in demand and eminently frameable. This example while technically grading Very Fine has one of the best appearances of any of these we have seen due to its extremely dark printing and bold, colorful unfaded signatures. Applying today's third party grading standards this would probably be a VF 35 Apparent for some edge splits and minor juncture holes. Applying common sense, this is a gorgeous, frameable historic item whose technical grade is meaningless.


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