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    Extremely Rare Treasurer's Form For Enlisting "Continentals" Payable in "...nett inspected tobacco..."

    Virginia Treasurer's Office Indebted for "one thousand pounds nett inspected tobacco" July 25, 1780. Fr. VA-190.1 Anderson-Smythe VA-5. PCGS Extremely Fine 40 Apparent.
    This is another extremely rare and unusual note. Tobacco was a medium of exchange in Virginia from its founding. Printed on laid paper with crown ornamental bordering (note the irony, but it was likely just a necessity by the local typesetters) with left side indent. Lengthy obligation texts with spaces for "indebted to" or issuee, and blank for the "heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns" of the specified soldier for the "continental army." The date was handwritten in the allotted space, and the note was signed by George Brooke, the Treasurer. Fully issued, though some fading is seen. The certificate was a bounty for enlistments to the Continental Army. The soldier would know he would get paid or, if killed in action, his family compensated. At that later stage of the war, this was probably necessary as an incentive. The Apparent designation is typical for a fiscal form, and noted are: "Minor Ink Erosion; Small Mounting Remnants on Back." This serial number 1221 is near that of the Newman plate note, which was in the Boyd Collection and later sold at Ford Part X for $5,175. That is the only sales record we can cite readily for this extreme rarity. Another fascinating Virginia Colonial item and important military history artifact.

    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


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    Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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