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    Lightly Circulated "Printed by Ben Franklin" Note

    Pennsylvania May 20, 1758 20s PMG About Uncirculated 50.
    A well preserved note that was "Printed by Ben Franklin" and "Signed by Charles Thomson" as noted on the PMG holder. Thomson was the Secretary of the Continental Congress and served in that role for the entire fifteen years of its existence. He also notified Washington that he had been nominated for the presidency. The Newman reference does not price this note higher than Very Fine. As discussed in Eric P. Newman's four-part 1964 Numismatist article, "Nature Printing on Colonial and Continental Currency," denominations appear within some nature prints on Pennsylvania Colonial currency. On the present example, the "XX" has been placed at the base of the stem. This additional device would have served as a deterrent to altering the note in order to raise the denomination. An incredible example that is not only Top Pop at PMG for the denomination, but which is the finest example they have graded for all denominations of this early Franklin series. The next best 20 Shilling note grades VF 25, and the second finest of any denomination in this series is an EF 40 fifteen shilling. We last saw this note in our 2013 FUN sale. It realized a healthy $4,112.50 on that day and is no doubt worth much more in today's robust market.




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