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
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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