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    Connecticut Currency

    July 1, 1775

    An emission of £50,000 in in bills of credit as Treasury Notes to be redeemed in lawful money by December 31, 1779. 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 July 1775 emission was signed and numbered in red ink and usually slash or hole canceled upon redemption. A two shilling note was added to the emission for the first time since 1746. Denominations printed were: 2s, 2s6d, 6s, 10s, 20s and 40s.

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    40s               Serial Number:10722                 CT 07/01/75

    Signers: Elisha Williams, Jabez Hamlin, William Pitkin.

    Size: 93 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. Redemption registration on back signed in red ink, "Register[e]d J. Porter, Compt[roller]."

    Provenance: EANA mail bid auction 04/20/96 lot 412. Purchased through the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Endowment.