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GregAlex
So here are my V's -- feel free to add your own. I know there are plenty of these out there.

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BigBillFan
The first one looks like a US note from about 1862 to me.
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mikelaw
BigBillFan wrote:
The first one looks like a US note from about 1862 to me.


Correct. Nice detective work.
Mike
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GregAlex
And on to the W's. This letter form seemed to lend itself to the shape of a lute.

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GregAlex
Today is X Day -- there ought to be a lot of these out there, as well. There are lots more than two in my collection, but I just picked these as my favorites -- especially the second one. It's perhaps the most elaborate letter I've posted so far.

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mikelaw
Nice. Very cool.
Mike
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newenglandnotes
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newenglandnotes
Covers pretty much the entire back of this note


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mikelaw
Wow...ten (10) presidential portraits on same note ! Very cool.
Mike
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GregAlex
mikelaw wrote:
Wow...ten (10) presidential portraits on same note ! Very cool.


+1. I was trying to identify them all, like the guy on the lower left. I don't remember President Barnabas Collins.
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newenglandnotes
Bottom left guy is William Henry Harrison.    Only in office for a month, before becoming the first President to die while in office .  That's about all he's remembered for.  
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GregAlex
And here we are at the end of the line! I only have one Y and no Z, so unless someone else can post something, this alphabet will remain unfinished for now.

That was a lot of fun and I might have a few more things to share after the holidays.

Y? Because we like you.

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Berny
OK, here is a Z, from a unique banknote:

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GregAlex
Woohoo! Thanks for providing some closure, Bernie! 👍
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GregAlex
I came across one more that I just have to toss out there. It's actually a two-fer, from a USPS Commemorative Panel for the 2001 Lucille Ball stamp.

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This got me thinking about a related topic: entwined letters. There are quite a few logos, monograms, and artistic ornaments that adorn many stocks and securities. I'm going to compile what I can find and post those shortly.

Here's a monogram from a check, to start. Can anyone figure out what the three initials are?

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Berny
quote : "Here's a monogram from a check, to start. Can anyone figure out what the three initials are?"

SAM or any of the other 3! combinations.


I think that I already posted this elsewhere, but it is appropriate.

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GregAlex
Berny wrote:
quote : "Here's a monogram from a check, to start. Can anyone figure out what the three initials are?"

SAM or any of the other 3! combinations.
 


Berny nailed it -- the initials are M.A.S., which stand for Mark A. Skinner, a financier in Chicago.

Here are some others that I discovered among my stocks and bonds...

Societe Industrielle Cinematographique - from a French bond.
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US Lumber & Cotton Co
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American Hat Co
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Grand Union Co.
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Doehler-Jarvis Corp
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Entwined US, from a taxpaid revenue stamp
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Detroit Bankers Co.
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GregAlex
I rediscovered another nice example of entwined letters on a specimen bond of the Bank of Peru and London -- Banco del Peru y Londres in Spanish. They even managed to weave del and y into the design.
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mfontes
I am amazed how someone can sit still and engrave these intricate designs.  
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GregAlex
I picked up a nice bond with an attractive "A" initial cap. So, time to bump up this thread!

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GregAlex
I hadn't really intended to start up the alphabet again, but coincidentally I found a few more that seemed worthy of posting.

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