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    Rare and Distinctive Sculpin Vignetted Type

    North Carolina April 2, 1776 $1/8 Sculpin PMG Extremely Fine 40.
    The very distinctive sculpin vignette here is reminiscent of early eighteenth century Dutch engravings observed in books and used on documents such as the Peche de Baleines (1728) share certificate. The fierce sea monster imagery symbolizes the risks of the whale fishery enterprises, although successful ventures were very profitable. Biblical symbolism, observed on other vignettes from North Carolina, would remind people of Jonah's trial in the whale. The vignette, with watchful eye and thrashing tail, is wonderfully detailed. Foliate ornamental borders are at left and right. Hill and Alston signatures are large and strong. Printed on laid paper, the note has an easily visible plate impression viewed from the back. Top pop at PMG and understandably so, this is the most gorgeous example of this rare variety that your cataloger has seen, far better than Ford, Newman, Gray, etc. The Coltrane note was a problemed PCGS Very Fine 30 that still managed to sell for $1,320. This is a prize note for the sophisticated collector.


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