Connecticut: July 1, 1773
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June 1, 1773
An emission of £12,000 in bills of credit as Treasury Notes payable in lawful money by June 1, 1775 without interest. Printed in New London by Timothy Green II with engraved borders and typeset text. (This Green is the first cousin once removed of Timothy Green Jr., who had printed currency for Connecticut until his death on October 3, 1763). The front of each note shows the seal of the colony with three grape vines and a hand that points to the right on some denominations and to the left on others. The scroll carries the abbreviated motto "QUI TRAN SUST" sometimes lacking the final N or final T (What is transplanted survives). In the border is: "SIGILLUM : COLON : CONNECTICENSIS" (Seal of the Colony of Connecticut). This form of the seal was on every emission from 1755 -1780. The June 1773 emission was signed and numbered in red ink and usually slash or hole canceled upon redemption.. The denominations printed were: 2s6d, 5s, 10s, 20s and 40s notes.
10s Serial Number: 819 CT 06/10/73
Signers: Elisha Williams, William Pitkin, and George Wyllys
Size: 91 x 70 mm (front border design: 88.5 x 68.5mm; back border design: vertical dimension-77mm, horizontal dimension trimmed in our example.)
Comments: The first signature and numbering are in dark red ink, the other two signatures are in a light red ink. The hand on the seal points to the right. There are winged cherub heads in the reverse border design. Slash cancel.
Provenance: EANA mail bid auction 11/16/96 lot 515. Purchased through the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Endowment.