||Massachusetts June 18, 1776 $1 or 6 Shillings Fr. MA-206. PCGS Very Good 8 Apparent. The June 18, 1776, dollar denomination or "Small Sword in Hand" notes were printed by Benjamin Edes on coarse paper. This is an interesting series, and the $1 note is quite rare in any grade. These dollar-denominated notes are in a vertical format like the Revere "Swords," but with the Patriot emblem smaller and on the face. The notes were denominated in both dollars and shillings. Benjamin Edes (1732-1803) was a member of the Sons of Liberty and publisher of the Boston Gazette, along with his partner John Gill. His ability to evade capture while transporting the Gazette's printing press and type to Watertown, Massachusetts was important to keep his patriotic press running. John Gill left the partnership when his political opinions began to diverge from those of Edes. He died in obscurity and poverty despite his influence in the Revolution. This note saw significant use. Noted with "Splits, Tears, Damage, and Repairs; Mounting Remnants on Back." Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, Heritage Auctions Internet Sale (5/2017).
(Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.) Realized $305.50.