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Lot 181: Colonial Currency, PA April 10, 1777, uncut sheet
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
April 10, 1777 "Double-Pane" Sheet of Twenty-Four Notes
Pennsylvania. April 10, 1777. Black Print. Full Uncut Double-Pane Sheet of Twenty-Four Notes. Two Complete Pence Note Denomination and Plate Letter Sets of this Issue. Each Note Choice to Superb Gem Crisp Uncirculated.
Fr. PA-209, 210, 211 and 212. Including: 3d. 4d, 6d and 9 Pence Denominations. This a very rare, Complete Double-Pane Full Uncut Sheet. There are two identical printed panes each having twelve notes. Each pane is arranged with four vertical by three horizontal notes. Across are the printed plate positions A, B, and C. This outstanding original Double-Sheet is extremely well printed on heavy fiber period paper that is specially watermarked with the State name, "PENNSYL - VANIA." This gorgeous, very impressive, full Double-Sheet was printed by John Dunlap of Philadelphia and has its full, original wide margin selvage intact on all four sides.
The face side of each note shows a seal with Sailing Ship and Plowshare. The back side of the notes have an imprint and the text warning "TO COUNTERFEIT IS DEATH." Between the two full panes the vertical centerfold has minor archival conservation removing some trivial soiling. The two panes are solidly attached making this item excellent for display. Almost all of the individual notes grade Superb Gem Crisp Uncirculated. Each note is nicely Signed by "Levi Budd" in rich red ink. There is an ancient collector pencil notation and date at the upper left of the right pane which reads, "12-24-1926" written in the hand of the noted collector Henry Chapman. With individual Superb Gem notes bringing about $1,000 or more at auction, this original uncut sheet is quite a wonderful value. An important complete Double-Pane Sheet that is excellent and ready for display.