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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 7, February 15, 1999, Article 3

COUNTERFEIT DETECTOR  INFO.  

   Michael also wrote a detailed reply to Wendell Wolka's 
   request:  

   I studied the photocopy you sent in October regarding 
   the State Bank of Ohio $5 and the Ohio State Stock Bank 
   $5 counterfeit notes along with the descriptive text provided. 
   As you know most counterfeit detectors do not include any 
   illustrations of actual notes from circulation.  Rather, they 
   typically provide engravings from design elements or entire 
   notes for the express purpose of education.  

   The $5 State Bank of Ohio note matches the descriptive text 
   found in Hodge's 1857 edition. Other bank note lists from the 
   era also match the $5 State Bank of Ohio note.  There are 
   three publications subtitled "Bank Note Mirror" which contained 
   actual woodcut illustrations of counterfeit notes found in 
   circulation:  

   Dye's Book of Bank Note Plates, an Accompaniment to his 
   Illustrated Bank Note Mirror for 1853.  See Champa lot 211 
   which reads "An album of reproductions of counterfeit notes, 
   both entire bills and selected vignettes."  

   Dye's Bank Mirror, 1853 and 1855.  

   Kennedy's Fac Simile Counterfeit Bank Note Detector. 
   Pittsburg, 1856.  See Kolbe-Adams lot 496 which reads 
   "lithographic  facsimilies of 8 counterfeit bank notes with 
   descriptive text."  

   Unfortunately, I've seen but don't own these items.  I suggest 
   two ideas: 1) an OCLC search;  and 2) Contacting Frank 
   Campbell at the ANS to locate the items for your research 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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