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    Pennsylvania March 1, 1769 £3 Contemporary Counterfeit PCGS Very Fine 25. We have handled very few examples from this scarce issue. Only four denominations were produced, and all four are meaningful rarities. This plate letter B £3 is number 209 of only 3000 printed. The 30s and £3 notes were counterfeited. This is one of those counterfeits. Although the "To Counterfeit is DEATH," motto which appears on this note and most all other Colonials in one form or another was generally ignored, it was not in this case. On May 5, 1770 a Mr. Herman Rosencranz was executed in Philadelphia for counterfeiting the £3 denomination of this issue. This is almost certainly an example of a note produced by the star-crossed Mr. Rosencranz. It's the first example of this counterfeit that we have handled, and with its historic and somewhat grim background, we would not be surprised to see it realize as much as a genuine example.

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    Apr-May, 2010
    28th-3rd Wednesday-Monday
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