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    Likely Unique July 17, 1775 "Test" or Essay Proof - Newman Plate Note

    Virginia July 17, 1775 2 Shillings 6 Pence Small Ordinance "Test" or Essay Proof Fr. VA-72a PCGS Choice New 63PPQ.
    An extraordinary Colonial piece that was exhibited in the Newman Money Museums in St. Louis for decades and was studied carefully by Eric while in his cabinet. To our knowledge, there is only one other "Test" or Essay impression like this from the Virginia series, and it was also from the Newman Collection (cf. Newman Part VIII: Lot 28160). Proofs and essays are more frequently encountered in the Obsolete and Federal currency series than in the Colonial. All known Colonial note proof and essay types might be counted on the fingers of two hands. Like its companion cited, this is an intriguing proof printed on the blue fiber paper used for issued notes. The border cuts are complete on all sides. There is no obligation or text. However, this is a "test" (as Eric referred to it on page 444 of his fifth edition) proof, or it is perhaps appropriately classified an essay for an unadopted design. The Virginia Colony coat of arms is at the upper left vs. the upper right on the issued notes. Like the Pistareen essay cited, the right and left border cuts are also in reversed orientation compared to those on the issued notes. This very distinctive and fascinating piece is the Newman plate note illustrated on page 444 of the fifth edition of The Early Paper Money of America (EPMOA). Basically as made, and a superb example of immense interest. A museum caliber piece with that resume proven already by its longtime display.


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