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 Posted 11/19/2019  11:54 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Jimjumper to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Does anyone know what the function of surcharges was? I know they were added after the note was printed, and I know what they physically are but I have yet to see a function or explanation as to why they were applied or why some notes got them and another didn't.
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 Posted 11/19/2019  12:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CitationSquirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
According to a reference I saw from Q. David Bowers, it is believed to help identify what type of paper was used.
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 Posted 11/23/2019  2:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jimjumper to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Finally had a chance to do some checking on the various websites.
From the Society of Paper Money Collectors website: "Some of the notes had smaller bronze skeletal surcharges in the upper and/or lower corners, probably denoting different experiments in paper types, printing types and ink types."
While thats hardly definitive, it gives a clue what they were for. That they were printed using the same bronzing as the ovals is interesting.
Nobody asked at my Thursday lecture, so I ended up not needing the answer anyway!
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 Posted 11/23/2019  2:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CitationSquirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Always better to need and have than need and not have.
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