OK, I need someone smarter than me to tell me what "Tete-Beche" means in a numismatic context. And how does one pronounce it? I noticed it while flipping through the catalog for the Stack's-Bowers March 2013 Baltimore Paper Money auction. From the illustration it seems to mean "conjoined twins"...
There are only seven known tete-beche pairs which all trace their origins to a sheet discovered in 1985. That sheet as then cut up to satisfy some of the major collectors of the day. These notes are true proofs as the ink is laid on so heavily you can feel the design elements with your fingers (that’s if it wasn’t in a plastic holder of course).This tete-beche arrangements was created so that the localized anti-counterfeiting stain could be produced in the center of the sheet and still appear at the proper end of each note when they were separated.
For more information, or to bid, see:
Lot #5454. Fractional Currency. Tete-Beche Proof Pair. 10C. Fifth Issue. PMG Gem Uncirculated 65.
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