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1787 Benjamin Franklin Signed Document
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $12,760.00
One-page document signed by Ben Franklin (1706-90), American statesman, scientist and signer of the Declaration of Independence. This document, dated October 4, 1787 and signed by Franklin in Philadelphia as President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, instructs state treasurer David Rittenhouse (who was also an astronomer, mathematician, and later the first director of the United States Mint) to pay Christopher Taylor the sum of one pound, four shillings and one pence (to be taken out of the militia fines of the County of Lancaster) for his service in the county militia for the years 1777, 1779 and 1781. Franklin has scripted his name, "B. Franklin," in black ink (grading "9") along the bottom. The document (7-1/2 x 6-1/4 inches) is in Very Good condition overall with four cancellation cuts (one touching upon Franklin's underlining flourish), minor toning, a few small edge tears and two small repaired holes within the main body. LOA from Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $12,760.00
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