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    Hartford, CT- Hartford & New Haven Turnpike .5-2¢-4¢-6.3-12.5-25¢ Circa 1799 Block of Six
    This PCGS Apparent Extremely Fine 45 block of four notes has one each of the 25¢, 12¢5mills, 6¢3mills, and 4¢ notes. It also shows more of the top of the 2¢ and 5 mills notes below than other sheets blocks we have previously offered. Newman pictures a full sheet of six, but other than that one sheet, we've only seen these four higher denominations and fragments of the two lower. The Hartford & New Haven Turnpike has become Interstate 91, and these notes, with their unusual denominations, were employed as toll tickets on that road. The vignettes on the notes were keyed to the conveyances permitted on the Turnpike for varying fees. The 25¢, with its elaborate two-horse carriage, and the 6¢3mills, with its one-horse open sleigh, are both particularly popular. The block is lightly handled and unsigned, with some minor foxing, as is always the case. A little known but fascinating aside about these Hartford & New Haven Turnpike notes is the fact that they were printed on the blank backs of two maps that had been glued face to face. When candled (held to a bright light), the maps can clearly be seen. On this example, various rivers and parts of words can also be seen.


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    January, 2015
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
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