Unique Bronze Overprinted Justice Experimental

    50¢ Third Issue Justice Experimental Milton 3E50F.4b Gem New, Damaged. A second Justice Experimental on the same theme. This one, which shares the punches and Specimen stamp, is printed on a heavier cream paper. The green ink lathwork of the previous piece is replaced on this example with an intricate bronzing pattern that covers the entire note except for the Justice vignette. It's clearly part of the same series as the previous lot. Both notes were attempts to develop a security overprint to protect the then-under-development Justice type from counterfeiting. A perfect piece save for two tiny missing corner tips and a nick out of the right edge near the bottom. Unique to our best knowledge. Formerly part of the Allen May Collection sold in 1992, Tom acquired it as Lot 229 from our FUN 2000 Sale for $3,080.

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    May, 2005
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