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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 28, July 9, 2006, Article 21

ANR OFFERS AMERICAN BANK NOTE PLATES AND DIES

The August ANR auction also includes the first part of the
American Bank Note archive consignment:  "Comprising a special
section of the Denver auction catalogue by American Numismatic
Rarities will be a presentation of unique items from the archives
of the American Bank Note Company (ABNCo). These date as far back
as the early 19th century and include original printing plates
for bank notes, steel vignette dies with ornate illustrations,
and more."

"Each item will be illustrated, described in detail, and presented
for sale. “This is the tip of the iceberg,” commented Christine
Karstedt, president of ANR. “Later this year and next year we will
be showcasing other treasures. In the entire history of American
numismatics there has never been such an offering. Collectors,
dealers, museums, and historical societies will have a once in a
lifetime opportunity.”

"In addition, there are steel vignette dies, most of sizes ranging
from a playing card to a post card, with engraved scenes, gods and
goddesses, ornate numbers, and other elements that went into bank
note printing. Cylinder dies used to transfer will also be offered,
these being so rare that most numismatists have never even seen one."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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