leather-bound book titled Specimens of Bank Note Engraving by
Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co., sold for $64,625 during
the Sept. 3 Heritage Currency Signature auction in Long Beach, Calif.
75-page book was from the James Smillie Archive and featured seven
uncut sheets of obsolete note proofs and two pages of world note
proofs. Smillie and several members of the Smillie family were bank
note engravers in the 18th and 19th centuries and did extensive work
for the National Bank Note Co.
of the sheets displays $20, $50 and $100 obsolete note designs for the
Bank of Caledonia in Danville, Vt. According to the catalog, “these
were previously unknown as proofs, as a sheet, with this date, and
with this imprint.”
on the same page is a proof of a £5 note for The Wakefield and
Barnsley Union Bank, circa 1830s to 1840s.
rare and previously unknown obsolete note proofs are featured on the
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