Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 204

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(CURRENCY.) Fractional currency shield with mounted specimen notes. Engraving, 24 x 20 inches, printed in gray on stiff board, with 39 mounted specimen notes, many of them signed by Treasury Department officials; moderate foxing and dampstaining (mostly in margins out of visible area when matted), archivally mounted in modern shield-shaped mat for an attractive presentation; 1898 gift inscription in outer margin. Could ship with period frame. [Washington: Treasury Department, circa 1867-68]

Additional Details

These shields were issued to aid in the detection of counterfeits among the fractional currency issued during the Civil War. See Kravitz, Collector's Guide to Postage & Fractional Currency, page 136.