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    Second Issue 50c "Wallpaper" Series Experimental Block PMG About Unc 53 This L-shaped block has parts of four different 50¢ Fourth issue backs printed on heavy fiber paper. The back of the block has a very lightly printed lavender partial image of the capitol building. A few similar pieces exist with both the capitol and an elaborate repetitive floral design that gives this series its "wallpaper" name. No one is quite sure of the origin of these pieces, but they most likely came about from the Treasury Department's simple expedience of using partially printed scrap paper during its Second Issue Fractional currency developmental phase. For decades, notes from this series were all but uncollectible, but now that the Ford inventory has been dispersed, a number of these pieces have become available to this generation's collectors. This block, in our opinion, is one of the most interesting pieces that we've seen from this elusive series. Within the next few years, the current small supply of odd experimental notes will likely all find their way into long-term collections and again be unavailable.

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    September, 2008
    17th-21st Wednesday-Sunday
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