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Bank of Bristol $5

Bank of Bristol dewolf

1800s-1810 Proof. RI-20 UNL, Durand UNL

Printed by William Hamlin, Rhode Island’s first engraver. Hamlin also manufactured telescopes and was keen on astronomy, an interest that is manifested in the small globe at right of center at the top of this note.

This is the bottom note from a 4 piece proof sheet.

Ex. 52 Collection

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Detail of the vignette, depicting “Phoenix rising from the ashes.”

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Engraver’s mark that reads, “Wm. Hamlin & Sc. Prov’d.” (“Sc.” likely stands for sculptor.)

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