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Neil Shafer forwarded the following thoughts on banknotes contained in books. -EditorAround 1963 I was able to obtain a couple of volumes on Danish numismatics by J. Wilcke. The full set was around 7 or 8 volumes if memory serves me correctly, and these two volumes have notes tipped in at designated places. These came from the R.H. Rosholm library that was sold piecemeal in Chicago I believe, and through a friend I was able to secure these two books.
The volume entitled Specie-, Kurant- og Rigsbankdaler covering the period from 1788-1845 had tipped-in reprints (from original plates as I understand it) of notes in two groups. The first is the complete 1819 issue starting at p. 328 and proceeding on consecutive pages: 100, 50, 10 5 1 Rigsbankdaler. The second at pages 422 and 424 consists of only two notes, a 50 Rigsbankdaler of 1834 and a 5 of 1836. All of these have four lines of text and dates on their plain backs indicating that they belong to this particular book.
The volume entitled Solv-og Guldmontfod `845-1914 is a thinner book but contains more notes than the other one. Starting on p.74 and in scattered locations are the following uniface prints: 100 Rigsbankdaler face 1845, then the back of that note, followed by the back of the 50 of 1850. Then come face and back of the 20, also of 1850. A few pages later are face and back of the 10 of 1860, also the face of the 5 of 1863.
Further into the book, starting on p. 212, comes the 500 face of 1875; a little later the back appears. This is immediately followed by the 100 face and back of 1875, also the 50 face and back and 10 face of the same issue. Then appear face and back of the 50 of 1883 and 100 of 1888. These are followed by face and back of the 10 of 1891 and 5 of 1898.
All of the above have yellow text tying them to this particular volume, as did those from the earlier book. But the last two notes in this book are truly extraordinary, as they are uniface 500 and 100 dollars pieces from the Bank of St. Thomas. These are made from plates engraved by New England Bank Note Company, and neither print has any text at all on the back.
I have seen one or two of these offered on the banknote market at very substantial prices. I believe they would be recognizable as coming from this book because of the rust spots on the plate showing up on the note as some dark spotting, lightly on the 100 but more so on the 500.
I do not believe any other of the Wilcke volumes has any tipped-in note images.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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