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    Impressive $5 Educational Face Proof Quartet

    Fr. 268 $5 Silver Certificate Face Proofs Four Examples.
    The earliest Face Proof/Engraved Essay in this lot is a Hessler SCE11 printed on India paper. It is a nearly complete face design without signatures plus it carries a date of "1891." Hessler states on page 110 of U.S. Essay, Proof and Specimen Notes that this date is a bit of a mystery. Designer Thomas Morris did not start working for the BEP until 1893, but the date may have been arbitrarily chosen for this preliminary design. This previously mounted example grades PMG Uncirculated 60 and has a pencil notation of "19CLN84" at back upper right and was once part of the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection. The second Face Proof is a Hessler SCE12 printed on India paper. It has an 1895 date and builds upon the earlier discussed SCE11 with added engraved Tillman-Morgan signatures and also filling in previously unprinted areas with more engraving. It grades PCGS About New 50. The third Face Proof is from 1896 and is similar to Hessler 358, but lacks engraving of certain areas on the edges of the central vignette of Jupiter at left and both Fame with her trumpet and Peace at right supporting at center, Electricity Presenting Light to the World. This example was printed on India paper and is mounted on cardstock, It was once itself mounted, too. This Proof was previously once part of the estate of the designer and engraver of this note, Thomas F. Morris. Later, it became part of the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection. This Proof grades PCGS Very Choice New 64. The previous three Proofs depict Electricity and Fame as partially clad with exposed breasts, while the fourth Proof in this lot shows Electricity and Fame fully clothed. This was a reaction due to letters to newspapers and the BEP that the design was insulting due to the partial nudity. The fourth Proof is from 1897 and is not listed in Hessler, but is similar to Hessler SCE20, except that our offering has less engraving. This time Electricity and Fame have been given makeovers with more clothing. This Proof was printed on India paper and mounted on cardstock. Next, the cardstock was mounted with two stamp hinges. It grades PCGS Choice New 63 and was once part of the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection. This is an impressive four Proof lot of a design that was once viled, but today is held in high esteem. (Total: 4 notes)

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