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 Posted 02/02/2016  3:39 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I did a search on this forum and was surprised to find only one thread about souvenir cards -- which went exactly nowhere. I collect these for their fine line engravings, often printed from original bank note plates by the BEP or American Bank Note. I'd be interested to see some posts from other collectors. I'll share a few favorites here from my collection.

















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 Posted 02/02/2016  5:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add techwriter to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A few of my favorites:
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 Posted 02/02/2016  6:08 pm  Show Profile   Check ChildOfTheWheat's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ChildOfTheWheat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not to brag, but our club (the Omaha Coin Club) has one of the best souvenir notes around... I dont know if you can call them "Souvenir Cards", but here it is:

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 Posted 02/02/2016  6:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coin_kid to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
COTW, wish I could of picked up one of those. Sold them at the last annual show, right?
Speaking of the annual show, they said we're probably not going to have one this year. Attendance was down and they barely made anything...
Cool note though!
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 Posted 02/02/2016  7:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add techwriter to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ChildoftheWheat -- Wow!
If any of those are available -- sign me up. If one has to become a member -- sign me up. Dues?
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 Posted 02/02/2016  8:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Neat item, CotW! If it was issued as a show souvenir or for a club event, then it would typically qualify as a souvenir card. What kind of paper is it printed on? And is there anything on the back?
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 Posted 02/02/2016  8:53 pm  Show Profile   Check ChildOfTheWheat's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ChildOfTheWheat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Sold them at the last annual show, right?

Yep!


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they said we're probably not going to have one this year.

I know... So sad


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ChildoftheWheat -- Wow!
If any of those are available -- sign me up

I sent an email to the club asking them if they were available... I think you might be able to still buy some by mail, but ill ask.


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What kind of paper is it printed on? And is there anything on the back?

I have to admit I dont actually have one
Hoping to pick one up come this next meeting though.
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 Posted 02/28/2016  10:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DrDarryl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog 2nd Edition by Medcalf & Russell, cataloged 7 of the 8 known Republic of Hawaii souvenir cards. They are catalog as 2BN-1 through 2BN-7. The following images is of my Republic of Hawaii collection.

2BN-1



2BN-2


2BN-3



2BN-4



2BN-5


2BN-6



2BN-7



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 Posted 03/09/2016  12:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In 1995, the American Bank Note Co. put out a series of five reprints of Hawaiian notes. These are not, strictly speaking, souvenir cards, since they aren't souvenirs of any event. But it's a gorgeous set -- each denomination incrementally larger in size and value.











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 Posted 03/09/2016  01:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They really are very pretty.
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 Posted 02/18/2018  5:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I meant to keep this thread going, but lost track of it until now. I'm in the process of building a website that will have a gallery of all engraved souvenir cards, so I've been doing a lot of scanning lately. Here are a few of the nicer numismatic cards.















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 Posted 02/18/2018  5:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ron6788 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These are copies of engravings from notes, no? They're not actually impressed from plates, are they?
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 Posted 02/18/2018  6:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add techwriter to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
From the reverse of the card above:

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Very good. That would necessarily make them limited, as well.
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I meant to keep this thread going, but lost track of it until now. I'm in the process of building a website that will have a gallery of all engraved souvenir cards, so I've been doing a lot of scanning lately. Here are a few of the nicer numismatic cards.
These additions make for a worthy bump.
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 Posted 02/22/2018  3:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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These are copies of engravings from notes, no? They're not actually impressed from plates, are they?


Yes, these are nearly all printed from original plates. On some cards, like the spider press cards that were hand-pulled on demonstration presses at shows, the plate impression is quite apparent. Here's a philatelic card that shows this.

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