||Massachusetts October 16, 1778 2 Pence Fr. MA-254. PCGS New 62. This is from the second date and back style for the Revere "Codfish" bills. This series features the iconic images of the codfish and pine tree: the mainstays of the Massachusetts economy. The October 16, 1778 notes with the Thomas Fleet back note seen here, as opposed to the 1776 Gill printed backs, are sometimes encountered in choice condition; they were cut off from leftover three-note strips. This is the first of a dozen serial number 5751 notes offered from an original 12-note sheet plated in the Newman reference (5th edition) on page 461. The two pence was the bottom left corner note from the sheet alignment. Although well margined on the face, the back centering is a little too low. The pine tree details are very strong. The initial denomination from an impressively pedigreed set of Revere-Fleet "Codfish" bills. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society
Realized $763.75. Newman VII (Heritage Auctions, 10/2015), lot 18097. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.