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Here are the Continental Currency notes of the May 9th, 1776 Resolution:

May 9th, 1776 $1:

SN: 64461

Signed by Th(om)as Leech in red ink and John Howard in black ink. 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-31

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May 9th, 1776 $2:

SN: 62911

Signed by Mor[decai] Lewis in red ink and by Tho[mas] Morris in brown 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-32

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May 9, 1776. $3

SN: 138563

Signed by J(osiah) Hewes in red ink and by A(ndrew) Tybout in brown 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.

CC-33

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May 9th, 1776 $4:

SN: 13704

Signed by W(illia)m Webb in red ink and by Jno (John) Ord in black 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.

Friedberg #CC-34

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May 9th, 1776 $5:

SN: 2276

Signed by Jno (John) Ord in black ink and M(atthew) Clarkson in red ink. 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.

John Ord was a Philadelphia Justice of the Peace.

Matthew Clarkson was a Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, New York Militia Major General, New York State Senator, President of the Bank of New York, and a Bible Society Founder.


Friedberg #CC-35

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May 9th, 1776 $6:

SN 39675

Signed by I(saac) Pearson in red and J(ohn) Sellers 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-36

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May 9th, 1776 $7:

SN: 104137

Signed in red by T(homas) Coombe and by R(obert) Tuckniss in black. 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. Paper contains blue threads and mica flakes.

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

Friedberg #CC-37

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May 9th, 1776 $8:

SN: 47739

Signed by T(homas) Coombe in red ink and R(obert) Tuckniss 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-38

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