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April 11, 1778 $40

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Type Currency
Title April 11, 1778 $40
Date April 11, 1778
Country U.S.
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Grade Very Fine 30
Service PCGS
Denomination $40
Description Continental Currency April 11, 1778 $40 Yorktown Issue James Wilson Signature Fr. CC-78. PCGS Very Fine 30 Apparent. This is a key James Wilson, Signer of the Declaration of Independence note for specialists and autograph collectors. Since it is on a Yorktown note, thus rare to begin with, the signature is very infrequently encountered. Most importantly, it is a genuine signature; more often an amanuensis was used to sign his notes. Like the Newman Part VI sale in April 2015, the present selection of Colonial and Continental currency includes all six Signers of the Declaration of Independence on notes: John Hart in New Jersey; George Clymer, Francis Hopkinson and John Morton in Pennsylvania; William Ellery in Rhode Island; and finally, this rare James Wilson signature note. Very few sales have had all signer notes offered together. This is a fascinating example with the date altered backwards to "April 15, 1777" to evade a recall order. Noted by PCGS with "Paper Pulls on Back" which are balded back corners. The James Wilson signature is mostly bold, with the "J" above the "a" in the first name and a flourish on the right side of the "W" that is faint, but visible. The James Wilson signed $4 note, PCGS Very Fine 30 Apparent (with small corner off) in the April 2015 Newman Part VI sale realized $7,344. This is another excellent opportunity to obtain the rare James Wilson "Signer" type. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society From Newman VII (Heritage Auctions, 10/2015, lot 18253), realized $2350.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.
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