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    James Smillie National Gold Bank Note Engraving. G.F.C. Smillie's uncle engraved the Gold Coin vignette that graces the backs of the California Gold Bank notes. This lot consists of a Proof of that engraving printed directly on card, which is pencil-attributed to James Smillie. An actual paper photograph of a similar group of coins, apparently used by Smillie the Uncle as a model for his engraving, is included, and so is a second sepia-tone image of the engraving, which has a pencil inscription written on the back in G.F.C. Smillie (the nephew)'s hand, "This die was engraved by James Smillie for [the] American Bank Note Co. of N.Y. Sold by the Co. to U.S. Govt.Trasy. Dept. and destroyed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing under condemnation process - which shows the measure of intelligence exercised in the government management." An irreplaceable piece of currency history. (3 items) Est. 1,500up (Total: 3 items)

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2001
    21st-22nd Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
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