South Carolina February 8, 1779 $100 Fr. SC-159 PMG Uncirc...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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High Grade $100 Coram Note -Rarest and Highest Denomination
South Carolina February 8, 1779 $100 Fr. SC-159 PMG Uncirculated
One of the finest examples we have encountered of this highest and rarest denomination from the Thomas Coram-engraved series. The 1779 Coram series, with its impeccable engraving style on both sides, is among the most popular in the Colonial note canon. This type was specified in the original ordinance, and 3,000 notes were authorized. Another beautifully engraved type from this master artisan, with standing Athena holding a spear and sword, and the motto GLORIAE FUNDAMENTUM FORTITUDO (Bravery is the foundation of glory) on the ribbons. The lively back features several emblems with a South Carolina palmetto tree standing tall at the center, American and South Carolinian flags, a drum, shields, and spears. Printed on slightly off-white paper and exhibiting natural plate embossing lines on the back. Very broad face margins are seen on three sides, and the face is well printed. The back has deeper printing and the typical, slightly skewed centering. Not only is the $100 the rarest of the Coram series denominations, but this is among the finest we have encountered.
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