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    "Atlas" Vignette Uncut Sheet

    South Carolina February 8, 1779 $50 Complete Sheet of Two PMG About Uncirculated 55.
    Each of the denominations for these Thomas Coram-engraved notes were printed with two subjects to a sheet. There is a center fold that falls between the two notes and affects neither. The issue was authorized by Ordinance No. 1113. Among the provisions was that the appointed Commissioners were "exempted from duty in the militia" while the notes were being stamped, signed, and numbered. The Commissioners who signed these examples were Edward Trescot, Joseph Atkinson, and Theodore Gaillard, Jr. When the plates for this issue were prepared, Thomas Coram of Charleston engraved both the faces and the elaborate backs, but he did not sign his work. When $50, $70 and $90 denominations were added later in the year, Coram engraved his name on the back of those three denominations. This $50 denomination bears the "T. Coram Sculp. 1779" in the ground below the knee of the mythical Atlas. Coram was self taught and, in addition to his work as a merchant and engraver, he also studied painting with Henry Benbridge. Coram drew several scenes of the Battle of Fort Moultrie. There are only two or three examples of this sheet known, one of which graded 64 EPQ by PMG that we sold in our 2015 Central States auction for over $13,000. This sheet, while nine points lower, is in many respects identical to the Choice example we sold save for the minor rust commented on by PMG. Minor is indeed the word. Certainly the $13,000 price is out of reach, but the pair currently being offered is likely to approach the $10,000 mark.


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    January, 2020
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