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    Connecticut Currency

    June 1, 1775

    An emission of £50,000 in bills of credit as Treasury Notes to be redeemed in lawful money by June 1, 1778. 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 1775 emission was signed and numbered in red ink and usually slash or hole canceled upon redemption. Denominations printed were: 2s6d, 6s, 10s, 20s and 40s.

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    20s               Serial Number: 4783                  CT 06/01/75

    Signers: Jesse Root,Elisha Williams, William Pitkin.

    Size: 91 x 72 mm (front border design: 88 x 69mm; back border design: 56 x 68mm).

    Comments: Signed and numbered in red ink. The hand on the state arms points to the right. Winged cherub heads on the design on the back of the note. Slash cancel.

    Provenance: EANA mail bid auction 04/20/96 lot 410. Purchased through the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Endowment.