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    South Carolina February 8, 1779 $40 PMG About Uncirculated 53. An exceptionally nice example of this lowest and toughest denomination from the issue. The original issue contained only $40, $60, $80 and $100 notes, and those are the elusive denominations. The $50, $70 and $90 denominations were added later, and these are the ones that are most often seen. Of the first issue, the $40 was the shortest printing, with only 2000 notes produced. This is #1525 of the 2000. The note is bright and pleasing, with some margin all the way around, although the borders are quite tight to the frame line. Ceres is seen on the face along with the motto MINIME VIOLANDA FIDES (trust by no means is to be violated). The back design is sharply printed and very well centered; the engraving is one of the most elaborate on Colonial Currency. It was executed by Thomas Coram of Charleston. Coram (1756-1810) was born in Bristol, England and came to America at the age of 6. He was a self-taught engraver. Coram signed the backs of the three later-issue denominations, with the $40, $60, $80 and $100 notes being unsigned, although they are Coram's work. William Morgan, Edward Trescot, and Philip Prioleau signed this note.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2009
    25th Tuesday
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