John Hancock's signed lottery ticket could win a $16,000 jackpot

Next week, an exceptional sale of Historic Autographs, Coins, Currency & Americana is set to take place a Invaluable Auctions in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Comprising a full 1061 lots, the auction is to be led by manuscripts signed by two great Americans: a President whose face graces Mount Rushmore and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Firstly, a Four Language Ships Paper, fully signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861 is described by the auctioneer as "...the single finest quality example of an "Abraham Lincoln" Signed, Four Language Ships Paper we have ever offered. It appears bright, fresh and has great eye appeal".

The exceptional piece is listed at $10,000 - $12,500.

It is expected to be pipped to top lot status by at least one other lot, however. That is a Massachusetts lottery ticket signed by John Hancock in 1767.

John Hancock signed lottery ticket
John Hancock signed lottery ticket

Though small, it is a particularly exciting piece of Americana because it is from early in his public career. In the 1770s his fame as a patriot spread and he was elected or appointed to increasingly important offices.

Following his signature of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 with an exceptionally bold, recognisable autograph, his name has been a byword for 'signature'. The auction house comments,

"This magnificent museum quality, historic item is certain to be a centerpiece and highlight for the successful bidder's collection.", and we agree. It is estimated at $12,000-16,000 which may prove to be modest.

The sale takes place on August 29 2010. Collectors interested in great American Presidents may also wish to take a look at this letter signed by John F Kennedy.


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