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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:32 am 
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Here are the notes for the first issue of Continental Currency.

Sadly the $20 is missing from my collection. It is too rare, too pricy, and far out of the limits of my budget. Perhaps someone has one to post.

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May 10th, 1775 $1 note.

(Eric Newman would call it the CC/05/10/75-$1)

In the early series of the Continental Currency notes the lower denominations saw the most time in circulation.

High grade examples of these notes are scarce.

This is the first note of the CC note series.

May 10th, 1775

SN: 2708

Signed by Daniel Clymer and Samuel Meredith. The emblem on the front shows an acanthus plant with a large weighted pot or basket pressing it down, however the acanthus leaves grow up around the pot. Above is the motto: DEPRESSA RESURGIT (Having been pressed down, it rises up again). The nature print on the back contains a ragweed leaf and two willow leaves.

Friedberg #CC-1

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May 10th, 1775 $2 note.

(The note is in one of the first PCGS plastic currency holders. The note's coloring seems a little dull in the scans because of the plastic. It is graded "About New 50.")

SN: 2454

Signed by T[homas] Coombe in red ink and E[llis] Lewis in black ink. The emblem in front shows grain being threshed with a flail with the motto: TRIBULATIO DITAT (It is enriched by affliction). The nature print on the back is a raspberry and two filberts.

Friedberg #CC-2

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May 10, 1775 $3

SN: 43751

Signed by Rob(ert A.) Roberts in red ink and by R(obert) Tuckniss in black ink. The emblem on the front depicts and eagle fighting a heron with the motto: EXITUS IN DUBIO EST (The outcome is in doubt). On the back is a nature print of skeletonized elm and maple fruit.

Friedberg #CC-3

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May 10th, 1775 $4

SN: 22975

Signed by Fred(erick) Kuhl in black ink and (not visible) in red ink. The emblem in front shows a wild boar charging into a spear with the motto: AUT MORS AUT VITA DECORA (Either death or an honorable life). The nature print on the back is of a skeletonized maple fruit.

Frederick Kuhl was a member of the Pennsylvania state constitutional convention and trustee of the University of the State of Pennsylvania (later the University of Pennsylvania), served in the state Assembly and in various capacities in Philadelphia.

Friedberg #CC-4

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May 10th, 1775 $5

SN: 27461

Signed by T(homas) Coombe in red ink and E(llis) Lewis in black. The emblem in front shows a hand in a bush bleeding from pricks from the thorns. It has the motto: SUSTINE VEL ABSTINE. Ben Franklin explained this motto to mean “Bear with me, or let me alone; or thus, Either support or leave.” The bush is believed to mean America, the bleeding hand is Britain. The nature print on the back is of betony and sage.

The Reverend Thomas Coombe was a renegade Tory clergyman, a fierce opponent of independence, who finally moved to England.

Friedberg #CC-5

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May 10th, 1775 $6

SN: 48808

Signed by Ja(me)s Milligan in red ink and James Read Lewis in black. The emblem on the front shows a beaver gnawing down a tree with the motto: PERSEVERANDO (By persevering). The nature print on the back is of a buttercup.

Friedberg #CC-6

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May 10th, 1775 $7

SN: 3035

Signed by Daniel Clymer and Samuel Meredith. The emblem on the front shows a storm at sea with the motto: SERENABIT (It will clear up.) The nature print on the back is of a buttercup.

Freidberg #CC-7

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May 10th, 1775 $8

SN: 7860

Signed by T(homas) Lawrence in red ink and Jno (John) Shee in black ink. The emblem on the front shows a harp with thirteen strings with the motto: MAJORA MINORIBUS CONSONANT (The larger colonies are in harmony with the smaller colonies). The nature print on the back displays a henebit and two buttercups.

Friedberg #CC-8

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May 10th, 1775 $30

SN: 27678

Signed by Tho(mas)s Barton in red ink and Sam(ue)l Morris in black ink. The emblem in front shows a wreath on a tomb, with the motto: SI RECTE FACIES (If you act righteously). On the back are two emblems: the emblem on the left shows a strong wind creating waves and bears the motto: VI CONCITATE (Driven by force); the emblem on the right shows the sun shining on sailing ships in a calm sea and bears the motto: CESSANTE VENTO CONQUIESCEMUS (When the storm dies down we will rest).

Friedberg #CC-10

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Not mine, but a fine example sold on Heritage:

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