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    South Carolina February 8, 1779 $50 PCGS Extremely Fine 40. The signatures remain dark on this very appealing note with serial number 794. The original issue specified only $40, $60, $80 and $100 denominations. When the plates for those denominations were prepared, Thomas Coram (1756-1810) 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 born in Bristol, England and came to America at the age of 6. He was a self-taught engraver. The face of the $50 includes a design with Providence and a globe. The motto is PROVIDENTIA NOSTRIS PRAESIDEAT (let foresight guide us). This will be a lovely addition to the winning bidder's collection.

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