The Scarcity of a Thomas Paine Autograph
The Founding Fathers’ Autographs, Specifically a Thomas Paine Autograph
A Thomas Paine autograph is one of the rarest of the Founding Fathers. Unlike Benjamin Franklin or even Alexander Hamilton, a Thomas Paine autograph is so scarce because Paine was an activist rather than a politician. In fact, as an activist, he was imprisoned in France during the Reign of Terror. So, even though “Common Sense” was crucial to the American Revolution, Paine never signed documents as an elected official. This makes a Thomas Paine autograph very scarce.
The Value of a Thomas Paine Autograph
A Thomas Paine autograph is usually in the form of letters. Depending on content, they have sold anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000. That price rivals the more well known founding fathers such as John Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & James Madison.
Signed Items by Other Founding Fathers
This scarce handwritten report by President Thomas Jefferson sold for $226,871 at Nate D. Sanders Auctions. In it, Jefferson reports on the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition.
This John Adams autograph letter signed is currently offered for sale through Nate D. Sanders Auctions. It’s regarding the War of 1812 and George Washington’s performance in the American Revolution.
Here is a George Washington document signed from 1795. President Washington appoints a Consul during his second term.
Nate D. Sanders Auctions sold this letter by James Madison in July 1803. It’s regarding the April 1803 offer from France for the Louisiana Purchase. The Louisiana Purchase doubled the amount of U.S. land for a mere $15,000,000.
The Founding Fathers are the most revered figures of American history. They are also among the most collectable. Of the Founding Fathers, a Thomas Paine autograph is one of the rarest.