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GregAlex

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Among my various and sundry sub-collections is a fairly fat album of proof vignettes and portraits. These were printed by both the Bureau of Engravings & Printing and numerous bank note companies. The vignettes show up on currency (federal and obsolete), stocks, bonds, and other security products.

I've identified quite a few usages and I know there's more I'm not aware of. I'll roll these out slowly and let's see what matches you can find. They don't have to be items from your collection. No prizes for this one, just a fun scavenger hunt.

We'll start with the Statue of Freedom (engraved at American Bank Note Co.) and a portrait of Martha Washington.

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You guys are fast! Great examples. Can anyone match the statue on a piece of federal currency?
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Here we go....

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I was fortunate and won an auction for this Florida Arms vignette. It is used on the back of this FNB Tampa Brown Back.
The vignette is mine, but sadly the note is not.


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Cool state seal match-up, Steve. And if anyone else wants to toss a vignette or portrait out for us to match, feel free.

Okay two more...
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Awesome post. Here’s a $50 LT with Return of Peace. The next one is really tough. Obsolete or Bond ? Help !

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Good job on Return of Peace, Mike. Notice the BEP altered the little statue she's holding -- not sure why.

I have the other vignette on a stock certificate but it shows up on several obsoletes.
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I have often noticed and been bothered by the statue mismatch between the 1869 legal 50's and the BEP vingettes
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Here’s two more. Good luck.

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One is the Fr#6 $10. note with Abraham Lincoln bust, an allegory representing art. credit goes to the book Paper Money of the United States  by Arthur and Ira Friedberg. Still working on the other one. edit, wait here you go. the other one is  Fr#168,  $100. note also has the bust of Abraham Lincoln, and representing Architecture. design #26 and 27 of the obverse. "Rainbow note" Edit, the top vignette (architecture vignette) also comes from a test launch that has 5 or 6 vignettes mikelaw posted under "Reconstruction"
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Well done, Tony! And since no one has matched the lady and globe vignette yet, here's one I found:
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And a couple more to hunt for...

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The  Centennial is on the Silver certificate $1000. note it appears to have a change, the stars and stripes shield is replaced with a shield that says "one thousand" Fr#346e, Bust of William L. Marcy design 84-A obverse, 1891 Series. The hair is not flowing like this vignette but the necklace, and left and right arms/hands are the same. The crown is different as well. Still working on the other vignette.
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Cool state seal match-up, Steve. And if anyone else wants to toss a vignette or portrait out for us to match, feel free.


 
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Here is a flipped version of America with eagle and globe. It was lithographed by Edward Mendel, Chicago. The original was done by Toppan, Carpenter & Co:
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State of Missouri-Union Military Bond $1 Aug. 27, 1863:
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Preston, MN - Fillmore County Bank $5
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U.S. Loan of 1848 $500 Bond Specimen:
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And a couple more to hunt for...

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Colonial Bank of Canada. There are two varieties, one and two signatures:
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Omaha City Bank and Land Co. $1:
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Bank of Weston $10:
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Close but not the same: $1000 SIlver

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That's the note I was thinking of -- known as the Courtesan Note because the model had a scandalous affair. I'm not sure what "The Centennial" was specifically engraved for, but one would assume it had to do with the 1876 U.S. centennial, so it must have been modified later for the 1891 SC.

Bernie, those are fantastic matches for both those obsolete vignettes! I've never seen many of them before. Thanks for posting!

Okay ... two more!

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GregAlex

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The other one shows up on a bond ... in a book.
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I couldn't find it in the history of loans book though ...

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Ding, ding! That's a winner! For everyone else -- the book I was referencing is called the American Bond Detector by Laban Heath. It's similar to his counterfeit detectors, but for Treasury bonds. There's a great digital version online at https://archive.org/stream/americanbonddete1869amer#page/n95/mode/2up
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One is the Fr#6 $10. note with Abraham Lincoln bust, an allegory representing art. credit goes to the book Paper Money of the United States  by Arthur and Ira Friedberg. Still working on the other one. edit, wait here you go. the other one is  Fr#168,  $100. note also has the bust of Abraham Lincoln, and representing Architecture. design #26 and 27 of the obverse. "Rainbow note" Edit, the top vignette (architecture vignette) also comes from a test launch that has 5 or 6 vignettes mikelaw posted under "Reconstruction"


Tony’s correct. Nice detective work. Here they are:

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Let’s see ... what about these two ? A little easier. Good luck.

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And here's a full vignette proof of "Reconstruction." Interesting that they hyphenated the title.
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It looks like they reengraved the face of the female figure so she looked a little less pudgy.
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