DescriptionBowen-Congreve Patent Back Color Tint Essay. "Patent Congreve Check Plate" with "BANK" across in Red and Black 1833. Proof. PCGS Very Choice New 64 Apparent.
The first of the eight proof backs is red and black, each richly printed and contrasting superbly. The circular orange die with the patent title around overlaps and bisects the large BANK. The letters are composed of red tops and bottoms with a black strip across the center. At bottom right, the small imprint is: DESIGNED AND ENGRAVED BY ABEL BOWEN, BOSTON. At bottom left, in miniscule text is: "Entered According to Act of Congress in the year 1833 by Abel Bowen in the Clerk's office of the District of Massachusetts". A small "5" is between the text and imprint. A significant back, and used on the cited Newman Part VI: Lot 19132 Specimen note from the Norfolk Bank. Noted as "Mounted on Woodblock," as done originally for display purposes. With riveting color and outstanding quality.
Ex: NASCA, T. James Clarke Sale, June 26-29, 1978, part of lot 2050; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
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A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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