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Item 2047 - Benjamin Franklin Handwritten and Signed Check Catalog 484 (Sep 2016)

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Sold Price: $15,000.00 (includes buyer's premium)


Check, entirely completed by Franklin and signed “B. Franklin,” 5.75 x 2.5, February 16, 1787. In full: “Cashier of the Bank. Pay to Thomas Bradly or Bearer, Eighty Dollars on Account of B. Franklin.” Affixed to a same size cardstock sheet. Handsomely and archivally triple-matted, and framed with an engraving of Franklin to an overall size of 19.5 x 12.25. In very good condition, with cancellation cuts through portions of the body and signature. Just a week before writing this check Franklin had established the Society for Political Enquiries in Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to studying the theory of government. The Constitutional Convention would begin in May, and several members of the society either served as delegates or hoped to influence the outcome through writing in pamphlets and newspapers. An uncommon format from an immensely important period. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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