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    $5 1897 Silver Certificate Progressive Proof

    Front Progressive Proof $5 1897 Silver Certificate PMG Choice Uncirculated 64.
    The $1, $2, and $5 Educational notes for circulation are from Series 1896. However, designs were prepared for all three denominations plus for a proposed $10 denomination for Series 1897. The ex-Harry W. Bass, Jr. Front Progressive Proof in this lot is similar to the unique Proof that is listed as SCE20 on page 113 of U.S. Essay, Proof and Specimen Notes by Gene Hessler. The example in this lot when compared to SCE20 has added shading behind "United" and "States" at top, clouds have been added between Jupiter's horses and Fame, more shading has been engraved below Peace at right, and "Series of 1897" has been added to the right of the "5" counter in the upper left corner. SCE20 lacks any engraved series designation. The Series 1896 Educational notes were not issued until 1897 and they created a considerable degree of negative press for various reasons. Therefore, plans for Series 1897 were scrapped and the nation's next issue of Silver Certificates was Series 1899. A Proof on this beautiful design will surely cause light bulbs to turn on in a few prospective bidders' heads, just like the light bulb in Electricity's hand.


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