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    Set of Chemicograph Backs Intended for Confederate Currency
    This set of notes consists of seven Chemicographic backs with designs that were intended for the 1864 issues of $5, $10, $20 (two examples), $50, $100, and $500. Back plates with these designs were ordered by the Confederate Treasury from S. Straker & Sons of London. The plates were made and shipped from London in early January 1864, only to disappear. Several more shipments were made, but none got through the Union blockade. Examples of the plates were found 75 years later and these prints were made from these plates. Then the plates were donated to the Smithsonian Institution. Included with this lot is the 1950 reprint of the August 1946 Philip H. Chase article that appeared in The Numismatist. The "notes" exhibit natural paper ripple and light toning. The examples are AU or better except for the $100 which grades VF. All this is kept together with a 1950's era envelope from the Federal Coin Exchange out of Cleveland, Ohio.


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    January, 2011
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