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Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Authority to affix the seal to pardon of William F. Sterling, convicted of counterfeiting.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01980 Author/Creator: Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Place Written: Washington, D.C Type: Document signed Date: circa 1846 Pagination: 1 p.+ 9 coins [framed] 24 x 22 cm + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 24.7 x 18 cm

Sterling was convicted of passing counterfeit coin. Pardon framed with counterfeit coins and "fool's gold." One bust engraving of James K. Polk included as collateral.

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