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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:15 pm 
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Here are some of the Continental Currency notes of the April 11, 1778 Resolution:

These notes are also called the York-Town notes.

York-Town is now called York, PA.

These notes from the April 11, 1778 Resolution are the rarest issue of the Continental Currency notes. (Not to be confused with the rarest note of the series: The May 10th, 1775 $20 note.)

The notes of this issue have a lot in common with the second rarest Continental Currency issue, the notes of the May 20th, 1777 Resolution.

The April 1778 issue consists of 8 denominations. Congress authorized a printing of 208,335 notes of each denomination.

Due to extensive counterfeiting of the CC notes by the British and the Tories, the entire April 11th, 1778 issue and the May 20th, 1777 issue were recalled from circulation in the summer of 1778. The notes were to be exchanged by June 1st, 1779. All of the notes that were turned in were destroyed.

The exact number of April 11th, 1778 notes that are still existent today is unknown. Finding one is difficult enough. ...but finding one in decent condition at a reasonable price is even much more of a challenge.

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April 11, 1778 $4:

Serial Number: 122125

Signed by W(illiam) Hardy in red ink and by H(enry) Eyres in brown 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 buttercup leaf.

Friedberg #CC-71

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April 11, 1778 $5:

(Sadly the Serial Number is faded, but with this issue one cannot be too picky.)

SN: Faded

Signed by W(illiam) Thorne in red ink and R(obert) Cather. The emblem in front shows a hand in a bush bleeding from pricks from the thorns. I 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 crossed willow leaves.

Friedberg #CC-72

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April 11, 1778 $8:

SN: Faded

The signature in red is faded and the signature in black is W(illiam) Thorne. The emblem on the front shows a harp with thirteen strings with the motto: MAJORA MINORIBUS CONSONANT (The larger are in harmony with the smaller). The nature print on the back displays three sage leaves.

Friedberg #CC-75

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