Continental Currency, Half Dollar, February 17, 1776 For Sale
Continental Currency, Half Dollar, February 17, 1776
You are offerding on a Half Dollar note of United States Continental Currency Issued on February 17, 1776.
This 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.
The 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.
The 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.
These designs were created by Benjamin Franklin. The devices and border designs for this note were cut by Elisha Gallaudet.
The paper, made at Ivy Mills in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 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.
Original Population: 600,000 Notes (Plates A, B, and C combined)
Serial Number: 238346 (very faded red ink with smudged figures)
Signature: Believed to be T(homas) Leech in faded red ink
Friedberg Number: CC-21
The 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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