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    Pennsylvania March 1, 1769 £1 10s Contemporary Counterfeit PCGS Banknote Very Fine 25.
    We have handled very few examples from this scarce issue. Only four denominations were produced, and all four are meaningful rarities. The £1 10s/30s and £3 notes were counterfeited and 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. Although it is not a certainty that Mr. Rosencranz was also responsible for these 30s counterfeits, it is certainly a likelihood as the forged signatures on his £3 notes identically match those on this 30s. This is almost certainly an example of a note produced by the star-crossed Mr. Rosencranz. There are minor edge splits and minor mounting remnants present.


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    September, 2021
    28th Tuesday
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