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    Possibly Unique $2 National Back Proof

    Fr. 387-93 Hessler UNL $2 National Bank Note Back Proof Gem New. Lovely blue-green ink frames the wonderful 3-D appearing vignette of Sir Walter Raleigh Presenting Corn and Tobacco to the English on this back design proof. Engraving details such as the feather pen in the inkwell, the lamp's flame and the startled looks on the audience's faces as Sir Raleigh exhales smoke are a delight. This well preserved proof has also been printed on card stock and mounted on light card stock like its face counterpart. An especially intriguing aspect of this proof is that the New Jersey state seal oval is printed on the right side and the eagle vignette oval is on the left side. The final accepted back design has these ovals reversed. Hessler in U.S. Essay, Proof and Specimen Notes exhibits a Pennsylvania Deuce back proof that has the state seal and eagle ovals in the issued design positions. In fact, all National back proofs pictured in Hessler have the state seal and eagle ovals in their issued positions, making this proof possibly unique in that the ovals are reversed.
    From the California Proof and Specimen Collection.

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    January, 2006
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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