Continental Currency, Half Dollar, February 17, 1776 For Sale
Currency, Half Dollar, February 17, 1776
are offerding on a Half Dollar note of United States Continental Currency Issued
on February 17, 1776.
note is part of an issue totaling $4,000,000 payable in Spanish milled dollars,
or the equivalent in gold or silver, authorized by the Continental Congress
resolution of February 10, 1776. Of this total, $1,000,000 was reserved for
these notes of the first national fractional currency.
front design on this note includes the first use of the "FUGIO" (I
fly) legend and sundial as well as the "Mind your Business" legend.
The dots in the corners of the design reflect the denomination--three dots for
the half dollar note.
back shows the thirteen linked rings representing the colonies and the legends
"We are one" and "American Congress". The colony names are printed inside each
ring. This was a very popular design used on a variety of colonial objects.
designs were created by Benjamin Franklin.
The devices and border designs for this note were cut by Elisha
paper, made at Ivy Mills in Chester
contained blue fibers and mica flakes, some of which are still visible. This
note was printed by Hall and Sellers in Philadelphia.
The serial number and signature are in red ink.
Population: 600,000 Notes (Plates A, B, and C combined)
Number: 238346 (very faded red ink with smudged figures)
Believed to be T(homas) Leech in faded
edges of this note are in very nice condition with some rounding and folding at
the corners. The text is all easily readable. There is moderate wear along the
main crease. There are stains of unknown origin, including dampstains. Overall,
a very pleasing note. Please check the scans carefully.
We will be happy to combine
shipping costs and to answer any questions you may have.
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Continental Currency, Half Dollar, February 17, 1776 : $160