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Signed by Francis Hopkinson, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence

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Pennsylvania. March 20, 1771 15 shillings (Three Crowns). Signed by Robert Strettell Jones, Francis Hopkinson, and William Fisher. Choice Very Fine. No. 5706. A really nice looking note, with full designs, good color, and excellent paper body. As is typical, the left margin is trimmed a little close, but the right and bottom margins are very broad. In terms of wear, this note is probably EF, still nice and stiff with just some little corner pushes and a heavy but not limp horizontal centerfold, including a very short split at its right side. Some scant evidence of mounting is present in three of the corners of the back (not the lower right), no big deal and easily overlooked. The aspect of this note that gives it most of its value, the autograph of Francis Hopkinson, is nice and bold. The 5th edition of Newman perhaps slightly overstates the case when it notes "the signature of Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, adds approximately $1000 to the value of a bill." Newman values VF notes at $300 and EF notes at $750. While Heritage has sold a fair share of Hopkinson-signed 1771 PA notes (few of them this original), and they've sold a number of 15 shilling denominations on this issue, they have never sold a 15 shilling note signed by Hopkinson. There were two sold in a single lot (!) in the Ford XV offering of 2005, each this nice or a little nicer, that sold for over $1000 each a decade ago. Amazingly enough, those two notes were the only ones in the entire Boyd-Ford holdings, a hoard of enormous size and breadth that took more than two generations to assemble. Hopkinson is best remembered today for his role in designing the American flag. He died in 1791.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 8004

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Pennsylvania. March 20, 1771 15 shillings (Three Crowns). Signed by Robert Strettell Jones, Francis Hopkinson, and William Fisher. Choice Very Fine. No. 5706. A really nice looking note, with full designs, good color, and excellent paper body. As is typical, the left margin is trimmed a little close, but the right and bottom margins are very broad. In terms of wear, this note is probably EF, still nice and stiff with just some little corner pushes and a heavy but not limp horizontal centerfold, including a very short split at its right side. Some scant evidence of mounting is present in three of the corners of the back (not the lower right), no big deal and easily overlooked. The aspect of this note that gives it most of its value, the autograph of Francis Hopkinson, is nice and bold. The 5th edition of Newman perhaps slightly overstates the case when it notes "the signature of Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, adds approximately $1000 to the value of a bill." Newman values VF notes at $300 and EF notes at $750. While Heritage has sold a fair share of Hopkinson-signed 1771 PA notes (few of them this original), and they've sold a number of 15 shilling denominations on this issue, they have never sold a 15 shilling note signed by Hopkinson. There were two sold in a single lot (!) in the Ford XV offering of 2005, each this nice or a little nicer, that sold for over $1000 each a decade ago. Amazingly enough, those two notes were the only ones in the entire Boyd-Ford holdings, a hoard of enormous size and breadth that took more than two generations to assemble. Hopkinson is best remembered today for his role in designing the American flag. He died in 1791.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 8004

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