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    Exceedingly Rare December 26, 1814 $20-$20 Uncut Sheet
    One of Two Known Sheets

    United States - Act of December 26, 1814 Uncut Sheet of $20-$20 5-2/5% Treasury Note. Hessler X80A, Fr. TN-9a. Double-Signature Remainder. PMG Choice Very Fine 35.
    An uncut sheet containing two impressions of the first $20 notes known for the War of 1812 issues. It is one of two uncut sheets listed on the Kagin census, but differs from the other in plate positions and the signature combination. All notes and proofs from this act are rare. There are approximately a dozen double-signature remainders known of this type (including the four comprising the two sheets). There are also unsigned remainders and proofs.

    Like all other War of 1812 notes, printed by Murray, Draper, Fairman & Co. for the United States. Plate positions E-F from the engraved two-subject copper plate. Each $20 impression is similar in size to the $100 notes from the June 12, 1812, and March 4, 1814, issues. At the upper left, a spread-winged eagle perches atop an American shield that rests upon two branches (olive at the eagle's right). Intricate side borders show the denomination texts. In the center are the required obligations. Engraved lines designate spaces for the following: in the top half, the serial number (above "United States" at the top), date (in two forms) and payee, and location; at the bottom, the signatures, one at the left for "Com'r of Loans" and two at right for "in behalf of the U. States" signers. At the upper left is "...duties taxes & public lands" clause. The lower left shows the interest payable per day (noted as "3 mills"), month, and a year. At the bottom center is an ornate cornucopia "20" counter.

    This E-F plate position sheet is one of two observed; the other is A-B (Ex: Anderson-Ford Part VIII-Blanchard) with different signatures. Each position was signed by Samuel Clarke and Edward Fox at the right end. It is missing the final signature of the Commissioner of Loans at the left. There is paper thinning in the right engraved bordering. The upper left corner is clipped off, but the lettering is not affected. The sheet has handling as the grade suggests, but the original paper is well supported by its visible fibers and crispness. Mike acquired this privately in 2008 and we are unaware of any auction history. An impressive showpiece and one of the few War of 1812 multiples presently known.
    From The Mike Coltrane Collection.

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