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 Posted 01/25/2016  1:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TTcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, these are seriously col historical documents!
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 Posted 01/25/2016  3:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That really is an amazing set of checks and ephemera, Broken-Coin! Those from the 1790s are definitely the earliest U.S. bank checks I've ever seen. The Pennsylvania Packet newspaper looks familiar to me -- I have one from 1787! The Colonial/Continental period is fascinating.

Thanks for sharing your collection.
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 Posted 01/26/2016  11:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Broken-Coin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What I posted is a very small amount of early Ephemera & if health permits, I can post a good part of the CCF Stamp Site...
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 Posted 01/27/2016  2:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, I'm going to add a couple new arrivals. I was a little disappointed that the first one, a check from the Vermont & Massachusetts Railroad, wasn't engraved. Such are the risks with blurry eBay pictures. But it's a nice example of a very early railroad check (1847) and in pristine condition.

The other is more my style, engraved by the Continental Bank Note Co. And that curly top little girl had the Shirley Temple look about 50 years ahead of her time!





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 Posted 01/27/2016  2:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add scopru to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great looking collection to all those that posted pics. Very interesting items and wonderful historical pieces.
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 Posted 01/27/2016  9:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add techwriter to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A few checks along the way:
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== the above check from Helena,Montana is technically a 'territorial' bank check since Montana did not become a state until November 8, 1889
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 Posted 01/27/2016  11:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Broken-Coin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You guys are tempting me to post the checks.
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 Posted 01/28/2016  12:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add techwriter to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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You guys are tempting me to post the checks.

Okay, yield to that temptation!

Here's a bit of impetus for you to post; a really great artwork check from eBay. That's a lot of money !!
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 Posted 01/29/2016  11:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Broken-Coin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@GregAllex

I also have a few original Shirley Temple beach photos from around 1934 that I purchased at a local auction about 30 years ago...

I'm guessing it is worth less with the passage of time, as many know nothing about Shirley Temple..
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 Posted 01/30/2016  01:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jewelcard to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You all got me hooked so I picked up a few and received them today.







The 3 together are from the same person and I believe the top one is a promissory note.

One question is how do you tell if the image on the check is engraved or not?
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 Posted 01/30/2016  03:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
"One question is how do you tell if the image on the check is engraved or not?"

The easiest way is by touch. Intaglio (engraved) vignettes and lettering are printed with raised ink. You should be able to run your fingertip or fingernail lightly over the ink and feel the tiny ridges. If it's smooth then it's probably a form of lithography or process printing. Also most engraved checks were done by a bank note company (like American Bank Note Co.) and will have the printers imprint, usually at the bottom. Unless the check is pre-Civil War, if it doesn't include "Bank Note" in the printer's name it probably isn't engraved.
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01/30/2016 03:27 am
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 Posted 01/30/2016  11:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jewelcard to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks that helps a lot. The first check is a Litho. This new one I received in the mail today is engraved. I got it because I live in Iowa, dates from 1876.



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 Posted 01/30/2016  12:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chequer to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Since there's an American connection to this cheque I picked up at my last coin club meeting, I thought I'd share.

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 Posted 01/30/2016  12:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Buddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm really enjoying this thread.


More please.
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 Posted 02/01/2016  7:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Jewelcard, the vignette on your Albia bank check is called "The Crossing" -- it's quite well known in the bank note field. You'll find a great write-up about it on Terry Cox's blogsite: http://www.coxrail.blogspot.com/201...rossing.html.
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