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    Bold 1896 $2 Educational Proof Face - Hessler Plate Note

    Fr. 247 1896 $2 Face Proof Hessler 185 PCGS Choice New 63.
    A bold and superbly crafted face proof which is virtually a complete face design as emitted, but without a plate letter. India paper mounted on original card and noted by PCGS. The authorized design with center, titled vignette of three women and two children Science Presenting Steam and Electricity to Commerce and Manufacture. Engraved signatures, but without plate letter. Listed on Hessler page 103 and plated there. Similar to Harry Bass Educational Sale: Lot 5014. It is a very vibrant with deep black intaglio printing. These are rarer than 1896 $5 Educational face proofs in our experience with perhaps three or four known to us of all Fr. 247 proof variants; this being perhaps the finest seen. This resided in the Ambassador Middendorf Collection and later realized $1,540.00 twenty plus years ago at his named 1994 sale at Christies. Its earlier pedigree is not recorded. High demand for choice Federal Proofs currently outstrips the supply of desirable and well pedigreed pearls such as this.


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    January, 2015
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