A May 10, 1775, Continental Currency $20 note printed on rectangular,
marbled border paper provided by Benjamin Franklin highlights the Oct.
29 online auction by Early American History Auctions Inc.
The sale comprises 437 lots and includes the categories Historic
Autographs, Federal Period, War of 1812, Abraham Lincoln Related,
Colonial America, Slavery & Black History, Colonial Currency,
Civil War Era, Political Americana, Revolutionary War, Postage Stamp
Envelopes, Historic Maps, George Washington Related, Encased Postage
Stamps and Coinage & Historic Medals.
A 20 percent buyer’s premium will be added to the final closing
price of each lot won.
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Among the other lots offered are a group of George Washington
inaugural buttons and a steel engraving plate from the Franklin Bank
The May 10, 1775, $20 Continental Currency note, described as in
Extremely Fine condition, carries a pre-sale estimate of $12,000 to $16,000.
The note is printed on special paper with a marbled left border on
the face. The paper was provided to the Continental Congress by Franklin.
The note is signed by Joseph Joseph Sims Jr.
The design type was chosen to grace the cover of the fifth edition
of Eric P. Newman’s classic reference, Early Paper Money of America.
First among the Washington buttons is an undated (1789) inaugural
button with "Long Live the President" raised in a circle
around the central device of the president’s italicized GW initials.
Encircling the border is a chain, with letters signifying each of the
13 original states within separate links.
The president’s initials, the chain links and state designations are
all incuse. The original shank is intact on the back of the button.
The button is 34 millimeters in diameter.
Described as “Choice Extremely Fine or better,” the button carries a
pre-sale estimate of $8,000 to $10,000.
A second undated (1789) inaugural button features GW in raised block
letters within a recessed oval punch at center. LONG LIVE THE
PRESIDENT is raised in a recessed arc along the top border. The
original button shank is intact on the back. It is 34 millimeters in diameter.
Described as “Choice Near Mint,” the button has a pre-sale estimated
of $8,000 to $12,000.
The third undated (1789) Washington inaugural button is 35
millimeters in diameter. It features a heraldic American eagle with a
star above. Around the outer border are 63 incuse dots. Within this is
another border of incuse extremely fine denticles.
With original shank on the back, the button is described as
"Choice Near Mint," with a pre-sale estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.
Engraved printing plate
The engraved steel printing plate offered in the sale features the
Arms of New York City on its face and is accompanied by a numbered
original sample proof imprint from the plate.
The 4-inch by 4-inch steel plate has a blank back. It is described
as in EF condition.
The proof impression has press soiling and wear, indications of
having been used as a guide for the press operator, according to the
auction lot description.
The lot carries a pre-sale estimate of $1,000 to $1,500.