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"Henry Dawkins" Counterfeiting Continental and Provincial Currency in 1776 is Fined $1,500 for Counterfeiting

August 1, 1770-Dated Pre-Revolutionary War era, Autograph Legal Document Signed, "Henry Dawkins," Offical Bond with red wax Original Seal, Philadelphia (PA), Very Fine.

Henry Dawkins was a New York City and Philadelphia engraver who was born in England. Dawkins flourished, circa 1753-1780. His work includes bookplates, maps and music. He was arrested on suspicion of Counterfeiting Continental and Provincial currency in 1776, (and fined $1,500 for Counterfeiting in 1780).

This original legal document is 1 page, measuring about 5" x 10" with the witness signatures of James Nevil and John Ridg. It is very well written in bold brown and highly legible ink, on period laid paper. This being Dawkins Bond, in the amount of "thirty pounds Lawful money of Pennsylvania," to Sachervell Wood. There is a docket on the blank reverse. A unique, period Colonial Engraving and early American Paper Money Counterfeiting related document.

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