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    Confederate Note Album by Raphael P. Thian, Presented to Son Louis R. Thian
    In addition to the five famed albums of "The Currency of the Confederate States" that Raphael Thian produced, he also had a number of albums of various sizes manufactured that he sold either empty or partially or completely filled. The books were "Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1876, by Raphael P. Thian, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D.C." This is the first of two of the smaller albums, with leaves included for the mounting of 88 notes. The book measures approximately 5 1/4 inches tall by 9 3/4 inches wide by 1 1/8 inches at the spine. Recent articles by Fred L. Reed III in Bank Note Reporter included information about the albums. It is believed that 25 of these particular albums were produced in 1876. Of those, approximately 18 or so are known today, with a number of institutional holdings containing examples. The name Louis R. Thian, Raphael's son, is embossed in gold leaf on the cover of this album, along with "Confederate Note Album." Pages 5 through 45 include detailed descriptions of each of the 88 notes that he believed should be part of the set. The pages for the notes are purple in color and include the note's number at top center along with an ornate frame printed in black ink that the notes were to reside within. Mounting marks, scuffs, and minor peels indicate that this album did contain notes at one time, however none remain. Numeric notations are seen in pencil at the corners of some of the pages where notes were previously held. A few small numbers in blue ink were written in on page 41 of the text, otherwise that portion of the book appears undisturbed. A few of the pages exhibit small tears, etc. that one would expect to see on an album of this age that was obviously used and viewed. An irreplaceable part of numismatic and Confederate history.
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