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GregAlex
I was editing an article recently for the Souvenir Card Journal and came across something that should interest large size currency collectors. The article was on banknote engravings featuring Pilgrims, since this is the 400th anniversary of their landing on Plymouth Rock.

The article pointed out that an engraved version of "The Landing of the Pilgrims," loosely modeled on the 1854 painting by Peter Frederick Rothermel, appears on the back sides of the $1 First Charter National Bank Note, the $5 Series 1902 National Bank Note, and the 1914 $5 Federal Reserve Bank Note. As I was fact-checking I discovered the original engraving was attributed to Charles Burt, while the FRN engraving was listed by the BEP as the work of G.F.C. Smillie.

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I had always assumed that these were all the same engraving. But then I did a close comparison and there are some obvious differences. Smillie actually did a re-engraving, leaving the main aspects of the scene alone, but altering the tree branch and the clouds. The most significant change, though, is the ship in the background. In the original engraving, this ship is not much more than a foggy silhouette. In the Smillie version, it is a much closer depiction of what the Mayflower was thought to have looked like.

You never know what you'll find when you pull out your magnifying glass!

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MaineJoe
Very interesting find Greg! Just a quick glance in the comparison, the ship is different, the clouds and the collar of the mans cape at top helping the lady up. I'm sure there are more supple differences if I look closer. But it's late....
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MaineJoe
Ah yes, the stick in the foreground also.
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