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40s


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Type Currency
Title 40s
Date June 20, 1775
Country U.S.
Grade Very Fine 35
Service PCGS
Denomination 40s
Description

New Hampshire June 20, 1775 40 Shillings Fr. NH-130. PCGS Very Fine 35 Apparent. This vibrant, deeply printed New Hampshire copperplate note is the Newman plate note illustrated on page 239 of the fifth edition. Once attributed as Paul Revere's engraving work, research using the New Hampshire State Archives has determined that John Ward Gilman engraved the plate and printed the issue. Authorized by the New Hampshire Provincial Congress, June 9, 1775, and mandated to be similar in form, style, and content to the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay copperplate issue of May 25, 1775. This is the uppermost denomination printed from the four-subject plate. At the left end is an engraved vignette designed to be partially cut as an indent. The title is at upper left, and there are seven lines of text in mixed fonts and space for two signatures. Signed by E. Thompson and Nicholas Gilman. Notes from the issue are much rarer than the May 25, 1775, Massachusetts copperplate notes, and only 3,000 notes were authorized of each denomination. Although noted with "Repaired Splits and Tears," broad and very bright. The signatures of E. Thompson and Nicholas Gilman are boldly accomplished. This is a lovely example from another historic issue. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

From Newman VIII (Heritage Auctions, 11/2017), lot 28054, realized $5520. Image and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, https://ha.com.

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