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GregAlex
I have one of those too. Gorgeous note. I bet Roland has a catalog number for it. 😁
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postalnotes
Hmm. I did not know there were catalog numbers for this sort of item.
Please enlighten me. What resource would list these?

Researching United States Postal Notes 1883-1894.

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GregAlex
postalnotes wrote:
Hmm. I did not know there were catalog numbers for this sort of item.
Please enlighten me. What resource would list these?


If you go all the way back to my first post you'll see the reference to a test note catalog.
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postalnotes
Found it. Thanks!

Researching United States Postal Notes 1883-1894.

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CurrencyDen1
Here's one of my favorite promotional notes for the New England Bank Note Company.  The firm is not an easy collect, 11 notes total, 6 valued at over $1000, including this one.  It looks like an essay of an existing note.  Can anyone spot the reason it's not?
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GregAlex
Does it have something to do with "New Brunswick" at the bottom? That seems inconsistent with the rest of the locations.
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CurrencyDen1
Good eye, Greg!  With two locations in two countries, it has to be a printer's sample, not an essay.  The Charlestown Bank is in NEBNC's home of Boston while New Bedford is in New Brunswick, Canada.
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GregAlex
So here's my final post of promotional bank note pics from the ANA show. These seemed more appropriate for this particular thread. Beautiful items but, of course, too pricey for my pocketbook. I did enjoy looking them over!

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CurrencyDen1
My notes show yjis one as a calendar header.
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GregAlex
Hmm, that's weird. The other three images seem to be corrupted. Let me try again.

The red artifact in the first one appears to be part of a label that is attached.

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CurrencyDen1
I love notes shown on broadsides.  The Toppan note had to be produced between 1834 when he formed his company and 1837 when he merged to form Draper, Toppan, Longacre & Company.  Pricey at $1000.

The Beazel / Continental Bank Note Company sheet is from the book “United States Counterfeit Detector: Rules for Detecting Counterfeit "Greenbacks" And National Bank Notes, Making the Geometric Lathe-Work, Ruling ... on All Government Paper".  This one is subject to modern reprints for those interested.  The ones I've seen have either black or red serial numbers flanking the "5000".  A bit of a mystery!

NOW, the John A. Lowell Bank Note piece!  There are only 3 attributed pieces for this firm, one with 2 varieties also with Continental Bank Note Company, an 1824 New Year piece, and a 23 piece color chart featuring George Washington.  This NEW find appears to be a calendar header with the string at top center to mount on a wall.  I am going to attribute this piece as a probable calendar head.  By the way, the address differs from the known 369 Congress Street.

What a great bunch of educational work you've accomplished at the show.  I certainly thank you for the time recording your finds.
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GregAlex
It was a lot of fun tracking these down! The Toppan broadsheet was being offered for $1200, I believe, so I think you are on the mark. Didn't get prices on the others. This kind of material is obviously of interest to me, so I will continue to post things as I find them.
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CurrencyDen1
Here's a newly found American Bank Note color chart note.  It was lost with a group of state revenue stamps sold by Archives International in 2016.  Best guess is 1890-1930 for date of issue.  I would assume there are several more made with different main color.  I assigned it ABNC-362.  Anyone see these before?
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The ABNC-361 set of color charts also has the screaming eagle with a seated lady in the lower portion.  These are also stamped specimen with serial number.  The highest hand penned number assigned for this set is #28 purple.
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GregAlex
I have not seen the horizontal eagle before. Nice piece -- I wish the image was larger so we could read the written text, which might be useful. I have seen versions of the lower piece in varying colors. Thanks for posting those!
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CurrencyDen1
I could put this set in recent acquisitions, but I suspect the audience for these are best received here. 

2018 Calendar – “The Art of Thai Banknote, Pride of the Kingdom” was offered recently.  With only two images, it appeared interesting & I needed all 12 months images for the big catalog, so I bought it.  What a huge surprise!  The large desk calendar, 119 x 206 mm (4.7" x 8.1") included vignettes from their banknotes.  That is an understatement,  each image is HUGE, filling at least 3/4th of each page.  Stocks, bonds, souvenir sheets all have some with large vignettes, but these are the largest I have seen or even heard of.  There are 5 temples, two royal barges, and several artifacts.  The cover page (THAI-111a) shows the Banghunprom Palace.  I have only found this on the Bank of Thailand Printing Works only test note (until now!), THAI-101. 
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Here is THAI-101
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The greater detail is certainly lovely on the cover sheet.  The desk calendar uses a fold up leather-like base. If someone has more interest, I can post more sheets.

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GregAlex
That calendar plate is really nice! I would like to see a royal barge. And is there an engraving of Wat Phra Chetuphon temple? I've seen that one myself.
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CurrencyDen1
THAI-111l (November) at your service.  It's also called Phra Chetupon Wimonmangalaram Temple.
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Here's one of the Royal Barges, THAI-111j (September), The Suphannahonse Royal Barge.
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GregAlex
Beautiful! Thanks Roland!
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CurrencyDen1
 I thought it would be good to broach the topic of the "other" kind of advertising notes - those not made for bank note engraving/lithographing companies, but for all the other types of merchandise and services.  There is a good reference for this collecting specialty.

An Illustrated Catalogue of Early North American Advertising Notes by Robert Vlack, 2001.  This catalog has 360 pages of black and white images, information, prices, and catalog numbers of Advertising Notes.  The catalog numbers are just that, a sequential series from 1 to 6225.  The notes are grouped by the state of issue.  Advertising notes of printers and engravers number exactly 15.  The other 6210 notes advertise everything under the sun to purchase or service to provide that was prevalent during the mid 1800s.  All the notes have good sized black & white images of the front and reverse.  The printer’s advertising notes include ABNC, Eleazer Huntington, The Graphic Company, Reed-Stiles-Pelton & Co., James E Wilcox, Rawdon-Wright-Hatch & Co., and The New England Bank Note Company.  Though out of print, used copies are readily available.  I bought mine for about $30.

A rather odd example is shown below.  It is cataloged as Vlack-2035, Penny's Receipt for the Cure of Hydrophobia $1, dated 1837.  Notice the guy about to slay a rabid dog.  Since the cure for rabies wasn't discovered by Louis Pasteur until 1885, this product would have to be called spurious.  Vlack valued the note at $70.  It sells for $150 or so these days.
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GregAlex
Advertising notes are actually a legit topic in the main paper money forum and there are a number of threads about them already:

https://www.papermoneyforum.com/post/advertising-currency-8606050?highlight=advertising+note&pid=1296702353

https://www.papermoneyforum.com/post/newp-advertising-notes-and-ephemera-8617557?highlight=advertising+note&pid=1296637890

https://www.papermoneyforum.com/post/advertisement-on-back-of-obsolete-9924632?highlight=%22advertising%20note%22&pid=1306218318

If you do a search for "Advertising note" you'll find many more. Unfortunately, when some of these threads were migrated over from the old forum on Collector's Universe they lost the links to their images.

I really like that medicine note! Trade cards and advertising notes were other banknote products that tend to fly under the radar, but there are some really interesting ones out there.

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CurrencyDen1
I'm posting a couple of printers plates here for several reasons.  As they don't show denominations, they must have been intended as advertising.  I will include these in the test note catalog, lacking color on note w/o an actual sample.  It is also possible these ended up for use as souvenir notes, so please give them a look & see if they jog your memory of this possibility.  One more point - I reversed the plates so you view what the notes would look like when printed.  If anyone has seen ANY use of these plates, it would be greatly appreciated!
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GregAlex
I will be on the look out for printed material from those plates. Very nice engraved work -- I'd love to get a contemporary print from those!

Have you seen some of the stuff in the latest Archives International auction? Very impressive!

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CurrencyDen1
Yes indeed!  I intend on doing some bidding.  The last one is interesting.  The US had great losses of revenue by people washing cancelled revenue stamps & reusing them.  With 3 different patents, the problem was greatly reduced.  One of the revenue stamps mentioning George T Jones patent sold for $40,000 .....
Earl & Steele patent for improvement of printing in 2 or more colors.
George T Jones for improvement in the manufacture of revenue stamps
James W Wilcox for the improvement in bank note paper.

You might recognize the last one, also known as Ivy Mills.  Here's their only known test note, printed by Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson.
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GregAlex
Great promotional note for Willcox! I have a U.S. taxpaid revenue that has an imprint for "Wilcox's Chameleon Paper." I am assuming this was something he invented?

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CurrencyDen1
The chameleon paper can be seen on many security papers of the time, but yours actually calls it out in writing!  The patent for improvement of bank note paper is indeed also known a chameleon paper. 
   
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