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    "... a person of evil name and fame ..."

    North Carolina May 17, 1783 20 Shillings Contemporary Counterfeit Type Pair mounted to Court Document Fr. NC-206a and NC-206b. PCGS Encapsulated.
    This is a unique and fascinating primary source document that provides a view into counterfeiting in the early Confederation period North Carolina. Two different contemporary counterfeit notes affixed to it on the docketed side (opposite the textual portion). Both notes are affixed with glue and are both emblem types (Ships and Justice) of the May 17, 1783 20 Shilling notes. Each is penned "Counterfeit" on the face. The false 20 Shillings "Justice" appears to be a well-defined Very Fine note. The false 20 Shillings "Crown and Book" has a small piece off the edge, otherwise it appears to be Fine or so condition. The notes are perpendicular to the docket text across in the center segment. The legal text is fascinating. And the phrase referring to the "utter[er] and pass[er]" of the notes, Henry Ebon Sears as "a person of evil name and fame and dishonest conversation," reflects that there were bad guys in all periods of history. The 40 shillings was a considerable sum of money, and counterfeits from this series were a plague on local commerce. The document is folded into six parts, and has some petty edge splits. As a document, in Fine or better condition. A unique and historic item and with two rare and desirable contemporary counterfeit notes. The document and transcription may be viewed on the Heritage website.
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    Docket Text:

    The State
    vs > Indt
    Henry E Sears
    uttering Counterfeit money

    Newbern Supr. Court

    May term 1784

    Jacob Giles x
    John Bryan Sworn

    Sworn + Sent

    Silas Cook

    a true Bill
    [Ph.?] Ellis foreman

    Verso Document Text:

    State of North Carolina Superior Court of Law
    Newbern District May term 1784

    The jurors for the State upon their oath present that
    Henry Ebon Sears, late of the county of Gates yeoman, being
    a person of evil name and fame and dishonest conversation, on
    the twenty fourth day of february in the year of our Lord
    one thousand seven hundred and eighty four and in the
    eighth year of American Independence, two bills of false
    money counterfeited to the likeness and similitude of the good
    legal and current money of the State of the denomination of
    twenty shilling bills emitted agreeable to an act of the general
    assembly passed at Hillsborough the eighteenth day of April in
    the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty three
    then and there falsely, deceitfully and feloniously did utter
    and pass ______________ to one John Bryan, for and as the
    good and lawful currency of the said State of the denomination
    and imitation aforesaid ( he the said Henry then and there well knowing
    the said bills by him so uttered and passed - as aforesaid, to
    have been false and counterfeit against the act of the general assembly
    in that case made and provided and against the peace and dignity of the said
    State.

    Alfred Moore Atty Genl.


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