New Hampshire Currency
Unique Provincial New Hampshire April 3, 1742 redated 1743 / February 1744 Large Format Genuine Colonial Note
Province of New Hampshire. April 3, 1742, redated 1743 and 1744. "Tall" Large Size Format. Ten Shillings (Forty Shillings Old Tenor). Genuine. Dated to February 1744 within the central "Pine Tree" vignette. Fine to Very Fine.
Fr. NH-64. This example is the sole, only Ten Shillings note known and unique on this issue. It is a Genuine, original Ten Shillings denomination, Unique for this denomination to our best research and knowledge. This note has sharper, stronger, higher quality engraved characteristics to the current (2008) 5th Edition Newman 40s denomination plated on page 233, (that note a Contemporary Counterfeit), as well comparing positively to the note illustrated on page 234, there described as Genuine. This example has a whole and complete appearance, conservation with some restorations to paper and text located primarily at the centerfold and bottom right corner signature block, the upper left corner tip nibbed. The bottom margin is touching into the bottom of the final seal and signature. Signers include; John Macmurphy, John Sandburn and Joseph Sherburne. The 10s denomination is neither noted or known to have been Counterfeited, according to Eric Newman. The laid period paper, its style and sharpness of engraving, combined with its quality of printing all appear to match the Genuine note, illustrated on page 234, for the next issue which was redated to February 1744/45. No 10s on this issue was represented in the May of 2004 Stack's Boyd/John J. Ford, Jr. Collection Sale. However, that remarkable May 2004 offering included four other notes on this issue including: 1 Shilling, graded Very Fine selling at $16,100; a Counterfeit 2 Shillings 6 Pence graded Very Fine selling at $6,612; a 6 Shillings (Backed) graded Fine selling at $8,912; and a 20s graded Very Fine selling for $8,050. There was no 10s represented.
This note was offered thirty-four years ago in 1987, Ex: (EAHA) The San Diego Show, Inc. Auction, September of 1987, Lot 2254. This note has the appearance and overall eye appeal of Very Fine. This historic April 3, 1742 redated 1743/February 1744 New Hampshire Currency "Tall" note is lacking for denomination in every collection. A truly "Unique" opportunity. This Ten Shillings denomination is not available to institutional or specialized collectors other that this note currently offered.