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    December 29, 1785 Two Shilling Six Pence North Carolina - One of Only Two Known to Us

    North Carolina December 29, 1785 2s 6d Phoenix MELIOR RESURGO PCGS Very Fine 25.
    PMG has not seen a single example of this note and PCGS has seen only two, this 25 and the high grade example in our Newman auction, which was described, "A remarkable note and miracle of survival in this lofty state. All notes from this late Thomas Davis issue are very rare in any grade. This is the finest seen of any denomination from the series and is thought to be Rarity 8 (1-3 known). Printed on both sides on thick paper. At left is the Phoenix vignette with the motto, MELIOR RESURGIO, which translates as, 'I return improved.' Border cuts are all around. Signed crisply by Absalom Tatom and John Hunt. The back is perpendicular to the face with text and ornaments. Broadly margined on three sides and complete at the left. The surfaces are immaculate and the handling light. A museum-caliber note that exceeds the condition of even the highest-grade Boyd collection shilling note. Illustrated on the color plates on page 52 of the Newman reference. One of many irreplaceable Colonial note highlights in this Newman Part VIII sale." While this note is a distant second in grade to that piece, it is very respectable with the italic 25 having been assigned simply for minor mounting marks on the back which are invisible through the holder. The Phoenix rising from the flames vignette is razor sharp as are the signatures and every word of the text on both sides.
    From the Thomas A. Gray Collection of North Carolina Colonial Currency

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2018
    5th-11th Wednesday-Tuesday
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