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Weight of US Gold and Silver Coins Bank Placard c. mid-1870s

This is a relatively large placard likely produced for banks and bullion traders that shows the then-current weights in actual precious metals of US coinage. The placard is approximately 10 x 11 inches in size and printed on thick card stock. The text is bold and easily legible, though the placard itself has some warping and edge discoloration due to ancient water damage or something similar. There are also two stains on the obverse that appear to be from oil. The unprinted reverse has the raised remnants of paint or plaster as well as evidence of mounting tape. Printed information regarding the silver coinage includes information on the Trade Dollar as well as a listing for the Twenty-Cent piece, yet the Twenty-Cent piece values are left unprinted and filled in by hand in pencil. Similarly, an entry for the American Dollar (presumably what we call the Morgan Dollar) has been added in pencil in the appropriate areas. Given this, it is likely the placard pre-dates the Morgan dollar (1878) while having been produced after the Trade Dollar was issued (1873) and in a time frame where the Twenty-Cent piece was known, but details were not yet readily available (1874?). Taken together, 1874 or 1875 is an excellent approximation for the production date while it was likely in use into the 1880s.

 

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