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Banknote: New Hampshire, April 29, 1780, back

This illustration first appeared on a Continental in 1775. Benjamin Franklin wrote an interpretation of it in the Pennsylvania Gazette: "The bush I suppose to mean America, the bleeding hand Britain. Would to God that bleeding were stopt, the wounds of that hand healed, and its future operations directed by wisdom and equity; so shall the hawthorn flourish, and form an hedge around it, annoying with her thorns only its invading enemies."

Credit: New Hampshire, April 29, 1780, back, National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History.