1776 Broadside of the Declaration of IndependenceInvest Now
$2,000,000Initial Offering Marketing Cap
$25Initial Offering Share Price
06/2021Initial Offering Date
Though today we honor the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th with fireworks and hot dogs, in 1776 it took several weeks for most colonists to hear the news that would form the basis of American democracy. To alert the masses of independence, large single-sheet copies called “broadsides” were sent out from Philadelphia. Rally’s #1776 is a broadside copy of the Declaration of Independence printed in Exeter, NH after word finally reached the town on July 16. Formerly displayed at the National Constitution Center, #1776 is 1 of an estimated 20 privately-owned examples from July 1776.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”— Thomas Jefferson
Five colonists are killed by British soldiers at the Customs House in Boston, in what became known as the Boston Massacre.
The Boston Tea Party serves as the most daring defiance of British authority yet, as colonists dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor at Griffin’s Wharf.
The Continental Congress meets for the first time in Philadelphia to discuss a unified response to the “Intolerable Acts” passed by the British Crown.
The “shot heard round the world” initiates the first battles of the Revolutionary War in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.
The Continental Congress issues “The Declaration of the Causes and Necessity for Taking Up Arms,” proclaiming their preference “to die free men rather than live as slaves.”
The Second Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence.
Continental Congress official printer John Dunlap prints an estimated 200 broadside copies of the Declaration of Independence in two days. These first official copies of the document are known as the Dunlap broadsides.
A Dunlap broadside arrives in Exeter, New Hampshire. Robert Luist Fowle publishes the Declaration in the New Hampshire Gazette as an "Extraordinary" issue. Fowle concurrently prints broadside copies, including #1776.
In Portsmouth, a few miles away from Exeter, a parade and reading of the Declaration is held.
Charles Toppan is born. The engraver and founder of the American Bank Note company would pass #1776 down through multiple generations of his family.
On the anniversary of George Washington’s birthday, President-Elect Abraham Lincoln delivers an impromptu address at Independence Hall in Philadelphia: “I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence.”
At a flea market in Philadelphia, an unsuspecting man purchases a $4 painting. After discovering a tear in the painting, he finds an original Dunlap broadside copy of the Declaration of Independence.
TV writer and producer Norman Lear joins with entrepreneur David Hayden to purchase the Dunlap broadside discovered at the flea market, paying a record-setting $8.1 million at a Sotheby’s auction.
“I'm gonna steal the Declaration of Independence,” Nicolas Cage says in the first “National Treasure” film, hoping to uncover hidden secrets leading to a legendary treasure.
The National Constitution Center places #1776 on display at their museum in Philadelphia.
#1776 leaves the National Constitution Center and enters into a private collection.
Rally enters into an agreement to acquire #1776 and offer it on the Rally platform.
Only 80,000 shares @ $25.00 per share will be available to qualified investors on Rally Rd. Once the initial offering (occurring in May of 2021) is fully funded, this 1776 Declaration of Independence (#1776) will be professionally stored, maintained, and insured on behalf of the investors. After a minimum 90-day lock up period, investors in #1776 will be permitted to offer their shares for sale within the app through registered broker-dealers during regular Trading Windows, and new and existing investors can also place bids to acquire shares.Invest Now
|Price Per Share||$25.00|
|Number of Shares||80,000|
|Document||Declaration of Independence Broadside|
|Dimensions||1 page, laid paper, 15 1/8 x 19 5/8 in.|
|Markings||Numerical notations on verso|
|Printer||Robert Luist Fowle (Presumed)|
|Date||July 16, 1776|
|Provenance||Family of Charles Toppan|
|Provenance cont'd||National Constitution Center|
|Rarity||1 of 9-10 (Fowle Printing)|
|Authentication cont'd||Larry Sullivan|