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    Pennsylvania Middle-Ferry on Schuylkill/Joseph Ogden January 18, 1777 3d-4d-5d-6d-9d Double Uncut Sheet of Ten Remainders PMG About Uncirculated 55.
    Two sets of five denominations, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, and 9d along with a blank space are contained in this lot. The remainders are unnumbered and unsigned. Printed on a double-sheet in opposite directions with the other side of each being blank as one set is printed on each side. Bold embossing is noticed. Watermarked laid paper was used and a plow design along with the motto "Work & Be Rich" are visible in the space between the two sets. A small hole is seen at the watermark on this lightly handled sheet.

    Joseph Ogden, the operator of the Middle Ferry, issued these notes as a means of making change while collecting fares. During the Revolutionary War, Ogden was sent to Walnut Street Prison in Philadelphia by the British for impeding them at the ferry. According to Charles Burr Ogden's 1898 book, The Quaker Ogdens in America, "fractional currency issued by Joseph Ogden in paper form was freely taken by storekeepers and teamsters as far west as Pittsburg, Pa. All issues were redeemed in cash after the close of the war."


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