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Smallest Micro-Printing Ever?

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 Posted 03/12/2019  07:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add scopru to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting Greg!
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 Posted 06/19/2021  03:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I posted a couple examples in the Railroad thread showing how American Bank Note cleverly tucked their copyright into discreet spots in their vignettes. Here are three more examples. The type is so small to begin with, you barely notice these unless you look for them.











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I like how the early Colonial notes were using anti counterfeiting techniques.

Benjamin Franklin printed money for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware and beginning in 1739, in efforts to throw off counterfeiters, Franklin would deliberately misspell Pennsylvania on the bills. With the idea at the forefront that any person attempting to recreate the new currency would believe the real bill was a fake, they would then correct the spelling on their phony money.

To further protect the integrity of the new paper currency, Franklin had lead casts made of actual leaves, which he used to print the said foliage's' image onto the back of the bills. The leaves also contained finely detailed copper engravings of the intricate veins in leaves chosen for this revolutionary idea. His ingenious creation was not discovered until the 1960's when a historian stumbled across the information and shed light to the public.




Not quite micro-printing of words, but in a similar vein! Those little veins were awfully tiny for a printer to pull off in the 1700's.

I know the older $100 used micro-printing around the portrait of Franklin, the current $20 has some micro-printing just to the left of Jackson's shoulder in the frame. I'm sure there are many current uses today, but to get print that was legible and that small in the 1700-1800's is pretty amazing! Some neat vignettes shown.
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