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    Unlisted $5 1896 Silver Certificate Wide Margin Face Essay

    Fr. 268 $5 1896 Silver Certificate (1895) Face Essay PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ.
    From our 2006 Long Beach Signature auction where it was described, "This Proof last surfaced at our January 1999 FUN auction. Since that time another updated edition of U.S. Essay, Proof and Specimen Notes by Gene Hessler has been printed, and this particular Proof is not mentioned in Mr. Hessler's latest work. It most resembles Hessler SCE12 as the upper counters lack the extra ornamentation, but the dove at right in the Proof presented here is much darker than the dove pictured in SCE12. In 1999, we speculated that this may be a unique Proof, and almost eight years later with the materials we now have at hand, we believe that this is certainly the case." Also, the rest of the description in 1999 still rings true today, "This is the finest quality Federal Proof we have ever seen. It is printed on India paper with borders that exceed 1/4 inch all the way around. That paper is impeccably mounted by its corner tips to a slightly larger pure white card. Federal Proofs are extremely rare and under-appreciated and it is most unusual when a pristine example such as this is found." The back of the cardstock shows a pair of areas used for mounting, but nonetheless, this item will certainly make its way into an advanced collection tonight.

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    January, 2019
    9th-14th Wednesday-Monday
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