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    Important Massachusetts Certificate

    Massachusetts Treasury Certificate March 1, 1781 Very Fine. 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 piece grades essentially Extremely Fine and it is well printed, broadly margined, and problem-free save for some splitting at the edges and along some of the folds. Overall, it is a bright and beautiful piece.

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    September, 2008
    17th-21st Wednesday-Sunday
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