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YoungCollector
@GregAlex - what is the best image of the reverse of the NGBN's?
The left-most date always seems blurry.
Can the reverse be found in the Heath's or on a souvenir card?
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GregAlex
ABNC printed the fronts of the National GBNs, but did they print the backs or was that a Treasury Dept. engraving? That would help narrow down the search. I know I have seen a high-res digital image of a proof sheet with just the coins in the oval. Might have been on the Smithsonian site. It's not in any of the Heath Detectors that I know of. I'll keep looking.

Even with a good image, you'll never be able to date all the coins -- the best you can hope is to type them.
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GregAlex
Eureka! It was in the Heritage archives:
https://currency.ha.com/itm/miscellaneous/james-smillie-national-gold-bank-note-engraving-gfc-smillie-s-uncle-engraved-the-gold-coin-vignette-that-graces-the-back/a/269-5418.s?ic4=GalleryView-ShortDescription-071515

And if you read the description, the plate was destroyed by the BEP!
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YoungCollector
so, a strange thing ...
the left-most date is , I think, 1870, but it always seems blurry - on these proofs and on all notes I have seen ... weird
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GregAlex
Maybe the coin itself was particularly worn. As I looked at the vignette, the lettering on the far right $3 coin seems strange. Like it was badly hand-drawn. What think you?
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YoungCollector
GregAlex wrote:
Maybe the coin itself was particularly worn. As I looked at the vignette, the lettering on the far right $3 coin seems strange. Like it was badly hand-drawn. What think you?


Ah!  Thank you very much!  You have helped me realize what is going on here.
Have you ever heard of this place?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_Bad_Art

You see, on this forum, especially this sub-forum, we celebrate the excellent work of all those engravers of yore.  I was simply unprepared to see a BAD ENGRAVING.  But that is what it is.

I became interested because I wanted to re-create the scene with actual discs.  But then I noticed that date didn't look right.  Now you point out the lettering on the right which is just awful.

Now admittedly, engraving a copy of somebody's else's art might be less than thrilling, but still ...
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