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Banknote: Maryland, April 10, 1774, State Crest

This April 20, 1774, bill from Maryland features the Maryland State Crest and three engraved border cuts on the front. Each bill issued in 1774 generally had two signers and had what were termed "secret marks" to deter and detect counterfeits. Although such marks appeared on several colonial issues, they were always exactly copied by counterfeiters.

Credit: Maryland, April 10, 1774, State Crest, National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History.