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    Banking House & Counting Room Edition
    Heath Counterfeit Detector, Newman 2-BH-3(a)

    Heath, Laban. Heath's Greatly Improved and Enlarged Infallible Government Counterfeit Detector, at Sight... Boston and Washington: Heath, 1866 and 1867 [no patent date stated on cover]. Innes and Niles, Stereotypers and Printers. Second edition. Small 4to, original maroon cloth, front cover lettered in gilt. 39, (5) pages, including two final leaves featuring four Heath microscope illustrations printed two apiece on one side of each leaf, facing; frontispiece; Heath bank note facsimile plate with number hole-punched as issued; 12 engraved plates of bank notes or elements, with tissue guards, interspersed in the text, comprising impressions of genuine and counterfeit fractional currency notes (Plate 1), 10 engraved plates numbered 2-11 depicting genuine bank note design elements, and an impression of a counterfeit $100 First National Bank of Boston note (Plate 12), the last of which has a printed label affixed in the lower margin identifying it as the work of counterfeiter Charles Ulrich. Plate 5 printed in green ink; Plate 12 printed in green and black ink and hole-punched as issued.

    The variations in the 2-BH-3 Heath counterfeit detectors are minor, and it is possible that further differences remain to be discovered. The Heath bank note facsimile plates used in this printing are encountered both with and without a printed plate number (which, when it is encountered, is hole-punched); the front cover lettering sometimes includes the patent date, but not always, and when it does it may or may not be correct; the Treasury letter may or may not be present; and Plate 12 may or may not have a printed label about Charles Ulrich affixed below it. The relative scarcity of these varieties has yet to be established. Only minor wear; near fine.
    Estimate $400
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
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