One of my favorite topics is the work of "money artists" like the late J.S.G. Boggs; another is political slogans on paper money. A browse through eBay this week
turned up an item fitting both categories - a political note designed by Boggs and his friend former BEP engraver Tom Hipschen. I ordered one for my collection after reaching out
to Craig Whitford for confirmation and advice. Craig is working on a catalog of Boggs' work. -Editor
"This is a privately issued, political/fantasy "banknote." It was commissioned by well-known money artist J. S. G. Boggs, and designed by three other artists.
Tom Stebbins did the portrait of local political figure Joe Redner, the back was from an engraving by Thomas Hipschen, famous BEP engraver who did the portrait of Benjamin
Franklin on one of the older $100 bill designs, and the note itself designed by Matej Gabris.”
Country: Fun Notes Assorted
Denomination: 1 vote
Catalog #: new
Product ID: 17095085
Grade: UNC (uncirculated)
Other Info: Political note - Joe Redner running for FL senate. Portrait by Tom Stebbins, note designed by Matej Gabris, engraving by former BEP engraver Tom Hipschen; and
commissioned by J. S. G. Boggs. This note has the facsimile signature of all four of these well-known fantasy banknote artists/designers!
Coloration: Gray w/violet underprint; orange.
Depictions: Joe Redner, local FL political figure and club owner, on front; FL Senate building on back. Stebbins and Gabris print.
Note Size: 6 1/8" x 2 5/8"
To read the complete eBay lot description, see:
1 VOTE JOE REDNER POLITICAL NOTE STEBBINS & GABRIS; COMMISS. BY J. S. G. BOGGS! (https://www.ebay.com/itm/163864288518)
This note is definitely connected to Boggs and Hipschen. I'm not sure who the seller is or how they managed to get ahold of a quantity. At $9 and $10 it's truly an
entry level bargain for a Boggs item.
Image courtesy Craig Whitford
Wayne Homren, Editor
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