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    Distinctive Missouri Democrats Portrait Vignette Quartet

    Saint Louis, MO- Bank of the State of Missouri $20 18__ Proof G4 PMG Choice About Unc 58, 4 POCs.
    This is a superbly crafted Draper, Toppan, Longacre & Co. plate design that combines a commercial allegory with historical portraits related to Jacksonian Democrats, and Missouri's role in crafting Manifest Destiny policies. This elusive Proof has been printed on India paper only. At top center is a young woman, wearing a wreath of flowers, sitting on Moneta's lap. Moneta appears to be giving her some instruction, and points toward the steamship behind. The quartet of portraits relates to Missouri politics, finance and westward expansion. Seen at upper left is Thomas Hart Benton, a senator whose nickname was old "Old Bullion (he was lampooned on satire notes as "Bentonian Drops"). At upper right is Lewis F. Linn, the other lesser-known Missouri senator, who was a proponent of Manifest Destiny and the 1843 Oregon Bill. Seen at the bottom corners were Martin Van Buren at left and Andrew Jackson at right. At each end is a circular vignette of an eagle, with wings upraised and perched on a branch that is facing inward. A fascinating historical type and beautifully engraved and printed. We have actually sold a few of the "Branch Payable" Proofs of different denominations. The only other example of this type that we have sold was found in the Newman collection. That Proof, which graded PCGS Apparent About New 58 due to stains, was visually inferior to the present offering, yet it still managed a price tag of $1,762.50 when we sold it in 2015.

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