Choice and Popular "Hercules and Lion" Coram-Engraved $90 Note

    South Carolina February 8, 1779 $90 Fr. SC-158. PCGS Choice About New 55PPQ.
    The dynamic back design of the $90 note from the Coram series makes it another very popular type . The face vignette has a finely detailed warrior holding a spear and 13-star shield. On the ribbon below is the motto ARMISA CONCURRITE CAMPO (Assemble the field of arms). The back features Hercules strangling the Nemean lion. This is another powerful, patriotic image with Britain portrayed as a lion (see the March 6, 1776, 15 pounds in this sale), overwhelmed by America in a fierce struggle. Fully margined, boldly printed, and well centered on the face. The back is shifted a little to the right, a common occurrence on this type. Hercules (particularly the top of his head) is completely on the paper and beautifully detailed. The vignette is signed very discretely "T. Coram" in a crease of the cape. Printed on bluish paper. There is merely a light fold that is seen from the back only. The appearance is exceptional, and there are very few examples known finer.
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