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    Fractional Shield with Added Notes

    Fractional Currency Shield with Gray Background.
    An attractive example of the very popular Fractional Currency Shield with the gray background. These were made to be used in banks and post offices for the purpose of counterfeit detection. They were manufactured between June, 1866 and May, 1869 and are composed of 39 First, Second, and Third Issue uniface Specimen notes affixed to a pre-printed large piece of cardboard. There are 20 faces and 19 backs, all uniface. Most of the notes are bright, but the 25¢ Second Issue back, as frequently observed, has faded to light blue. The four hand-signed notes are all the Jeffries-Spinner signature combination. The gray background is bright and sharply printed, with the stars and eagle appealing. Very little water damage is seen (as normal, due to old Treasury storage), but there is a small tear at top and bottom center and in the very middle, not affecting any notes. An industrious prior owner has pasted all the fourth and fifth issue notes in the corners. The top left has the Lincoln, Green Seal Meredith and the 25¢ Walker. The top right has the Red Seal Meredith, the Stanton, and the Fourth Issue Washington. The bottom left corner has the Crawford and Fourth Issue 10¢, while the bottom right has the 15 Cent and the Dexter note. The frame is nice, but contemporary, as the shields were all originally shipped flat, without a frame. A very interesting shield with enhanced interest due to the addition of the Fourth and Fifth Issue notes.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2019
    4th-9th Wednesday-Monday
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