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William Hamlin, Engraver

• Bank of Bristol (Founded 1800)

Early notes confirmed as by Hamlin. After 1810, most identified notes designed by Murray, Drape, Fairman, & Co. according to Haxby.

$1 1800s Proof. RI-20 G4, Durand 43. (Image from Heritage Auctions.)
Imprint of “Wm. Hamlin Sct. Provd.” vertical at left.
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$2 RI-20 G12?, Durand 45? (No description available, but possible.) (Image from Heritage Auctions.)
Imprint of “Wm. Hamlin Sct. Provd.” vertical at left.
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$3 RI-20 G20?, Durand 47? (No description available, but possible.) (Image from Heritage Auctions.)
Imprint of “Wm. Hamlin Sct. Provd.” vertical at left.
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$5 1800s-1810 Proof. RI-20 UNL, Durand UNL
Imprint of “Wm. Hamlin Sct. Provd.” vertical at left.
Bank of Bristol dewolf

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Engraver’s mark that reads, “Wm. Hamlin Sct. Provd.” (“Sct.” likely stands for sculptor.)

$5 1800s. RI-20 G28/C28, c. 1800s-1810s. Possibly by Hamlin, per the date, but the design varies from the other notes in this series.

 

• Commercial Bank, Bristol (Founded 1809)

The three notes below were possibly designed by Hamlin. While the dates of these particular examples are later, these were likely first issue designs.

$1 RI-30 G2/G2a/C2. (Image from Haxby)
Unconfirmed.
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$2 October 4, 1838. RI-30 C18 – possible
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$3 January 1, 1826. RI-30 C32, Durand 81 – possible
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$5 October 5, 1801. RI-30 G38/G38a/C38 Durand 86. (Image from Durand)
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$10 1809-10s?. RI-30 G50. (Image from Haxby)
Unconfirmed.
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$10 1820s? RI-30 G51. (Image from Haxby)
Unconfirmed.
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• Rhode Island Central Bank, East Greenwich (Founded 1804)

RM Smythe has identified one note in this series as being a Hamlin design, while Durand states that genuine notes from this bank are Hamlin, without specifying which ones in particular, which would suggest that the other three were also by the same engraver. This type of oval design was also employed on the Providence Bank $1 note. By the 1820s, the bank was using Horton of Providence as its banknote supplier.

$1 1805-1810s. RI-100 G2/C2, Durand 347/353, Bowers W-RI-330-001-G010/C10. Oval design similar to $2 below except for denomination.

$2 April 20, 1814. RI-100 G14/C14, Durand 354/360, Bowers W-RI-330-002-G050/C050.
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$3 1805-1810s. RI-100 G26, Durand 361, Bowers W-RI-330-003-G100. Oval design similar to above except for denomination. No counterfeit mentioned.

$5 1800s. RI-100 G38/C38, Durand 367/371 Bowers W-RI-330-005-G140/C140. (Image from Haxby.)
RM Smythe Auction 253, 9/27-28/2005 lot 2983 identifies this as a Hamlin note. William Hamlin, Providence Engraver footnote #63 notes…
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• Farmers Exchange Bank, Glocester (Founded 1804)

This bank’s notes from the 1804-1806 period were designed by Hamlin, as the imprints attest. Though many of the bills from the Farmers Exchange were later marked “Counterfeit,” it does not appear that any actual fraudulent notes on this bank were produced. In 1806, when the bank was taken over by notorious fraudster Andrew Dexter, it switched over to Perkins Plate Notes.

$1 June 15, 1806. RI-120 G2, Durand 448, Bowers W-RI-410-001-G010
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$2 1804-1808. RI-120 G6, Durand 450, Bowers W-RI-410-002-G030

$3 1806-08. RI-120 G10, Durand 452, Bowers W-RI-410-003-G050. (Image from Heritage Auctions)
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$5 June, 1804. RI-120 G14, Durand 454, Bowers W-RI-410-005-G070
Farmers Exchange Bank
“Although labelled “counterfeit” on front and back, this note is genuine. Hamlin’s name can be found beneath the drawing of the cattle on the upper left.”

$10 1804. RI-120 UNL, Durand UNL, Bowers UNL
While this note is unlisted, an example has been seen that follows the designs above.
10-TEN-10 at top. L: TEN vertically. R: Small figure of farmer. Two animals at top left are a reverse of the animals in the same position as the $5 above.

 

• Newport Bank (Founded 1803)

The below notes are the only known issues from this bank from the period of 1803-1810s. The earliest low denomination notes that Haxby lists are from the 1820s and were engraved by Fairman, Draper, Underwood & Co. It is possible, however, that a broader denomination series was created for the bank in its first years and that the engraver could have been Hamlin.

$20 1800s. RI-160 G40, Durand 661, Bowers W-RI-550-020-G130. (Image from Haxby.)
Haxby labels this note as Hamlin, though an imprint mark is not visible in this available scan.
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$30 1800s. RI-160 G44, Durand 662, Bowers W-RI-550-030-G140. (Image from Haxby.)
Haxby labels this note as Hamlin, though an imprint mark is not visible in this available scan.
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$50 First issue. Durand 663, Bowers W-RI-550-050-G530. No description available.

$100 First issue. Durand 665, Bowers W-RI-550-100-G170. No description available.

 

• Bank of Rhode Island, Newport (Founded 1795)

The four examples shown below are all counterfeits of a design that Haxby dates to the 1810s-1820s. If these notes are by Hamlin, and none of them are confirmed to be, then it’s likely the original engravings were made a bit earlier. No notes dated from the 1700s are known to exist on this bank.

The bank’s next series of designs dates from the 1830s, and was created by Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Co.

$1 c. 1810-20s. RI-170 G4/C4, Durand 518. (Image from Durand.)
This example is a counterfeit, dated 1831.

$1 1830s. RI-170 G5. Haxby notes, “Similar to G4, except has smaller ribbon at the left and lacks the hand at the top.”

$2 First issue. Durand 519. No description available. (Could this be a duplicate entry for the note below?)

$2 c. 1810-20s. RI-170 G12/C12, Durand 520. (Image from Haxby.)
This example is a counterfeit, dated 1831.
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$3 First issue. Durand 523. No description available. (Could this be a duplicate entry for the note below?)

$3 RI-170 G20, Durand 524
No description, but similar to the $1.

$5 First issue. Durand 527. No description available. (Could this be a duplicate entry for the note below?)

$5 c. 1810-20s. RI-170 G28/C28, Durand 528. (Image from Haxby.)
This example is a counterfeit, dated 1811.
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$10 First issue. Durand 534. No description available. (Could this be a duplicate entry for the note below?)

$10 c. 1810-20s. RI-170 G36/C36, Durand 535. (Image from Haxby.)
This example is a counterfeit, dated 1811.
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• Exchange Bank, Providence (Founded 1801)

Because the counterfeit $1 and $2 notes below bear the Hamlin imprint, I am supposing that the rest of the bills in this series were also created by him. Interestingly enough, the two proof notes below, which were long thought to not exist and only surfaced recently in the Newman Collection, bear no imprint at all, which is unusual for a proof.

In the late 1810s, the bank had the notes designed by Leney & Rollinson, and in the 1820s by Reed, Stiles & Co.

50¢ Haxby UNL, Durand UNL. William Hamlin, Providence Engraver footnote #43

$1: February 2, 1813. RI-290 G4/C4/G4A/C4a, Durand 1280/1281/1288/1289. This example is C4a.
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Detail of vignette at left.

Detail of vignette at left showing a plow. An inverted “Hamlin” imprint can be seen on the left edge.

Forged "Hamlin" imprint.

Forged “Hamlin” imprint, reversed.

$1 1814. RI-290 C4a, Durand 1288
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$2 early 1800s. RI-290 G16/C16, Durand 1291/1298. (Image from Durand)
Hamlin imprint vertical at lower left. This example is a counterfeit.
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$2 1800s. RI-290 G18/C18, Durand 1292/1299. (Image from Heritage Auctions)
Proof. No Hamlin imprint, but has the Gothic denominator at left like the $1 note.
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$3 July 9, 1806. RI-290 G32/C32, Durand 1301/1304. (Image from Heritage Auctions)
Counterfeit, no Hamlin imprint, but follows designs of previous notes.
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$5 1800s-1820s. RI-290 G40/C40, Durand [check]. (Image from Haxby)
Counterfeit, no visible imprint, but follows designs of previous notes.

$100 RI-290 UNL, Durand UNL. (Image from Heritage Auctions)
Proof. No Hamlin imprint.
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• Providence Bank (Founded 1791)

$1 RI-380 G10/C10. (Image from Haxby.)
Unconfirmed
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$5 1800s Counterfeit. RI-380 C48, Durand 1869 – possible
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$5 June 12, 1812. RI-380 C52, Durand 1870 – possible
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$5 June 12, 1812. RI-380 C52, Durand 1870 – possible
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$5 November 11, 1813. RI-380 C54, Durand 1871 (small differences, check previous 2) – possible
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$10 July 8, 1801. RI-380 C68, Durand 1881 – possible
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$10 October 27, 1806. RI-380 C70 – possible
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• Roger Williams Bank, Providence (Founded 1803)

Read Durand note on this bank. He lists first printers as draper toppan longacre & co. Look up when they were designing and what their early works looked like.

$1 1800-10s. RI-420 G2, Durand 1899
No description but similar to G12 below.

$2 1800-10s. RI-420 G12/C12, Durand 1903/1906. (Image from Durand)
Counterfeit.
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$3 1800-10s. RI-420 G22/C22, Durand 1907/1909
No description but similar to G12 above.

$5 1800-10s. RI-420 G30/C30, Durand . (Image from Haxby.)
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$10 1800-10s. RI-420 G40.
No description but similar to G12 above.

$20 1800-30s. RI-420 G50.
No description but similar to G12 above.

$50 1800s? RI-420 G57.
No description.

$100 1800s? RI-420 G62.
No description.

 

• Smithfield Union Bank (Founded 1805)

50¢ 1806. Durand 2673. No visible imprint.

$1 1800s. RI-475 G8, Durand 2674. (Image from Heritage Auctions.)
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$2 1800s. RI-475 G28, Durand 2680.
Haxby lists as Hamlin.

$3 1800s. RI-475 G46, Durand 2684. (Image from Heritage Auctions.)
Hamlin imprint vertical at lower left. There is also a counterfeit of this note, according to Haxby.
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$5 1800s. RI-475 G64, Durand 2687. (Image from Heritage Auctions.)
There is also a counterfeit of this note, according to Haxby.
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$7 1800s. RI-475 G84, Durand 2691/2692. (Image from Heritage Auctions.)
Hamlin imprint vertical at lower left. There is also a counterfeit of this note, according to Haxby. It is dated 1805.
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$20 1800s. RI-475 G106/C106, Durand UNL. (Image from Haxby.)

 

• Narragansett Bank, Wickford (Founded 1805)

On the first two $1 notes below and the $3 bill, Hamlin’s imprint can be seen under the vignette at the top right. The others lack any identifying marks, but are clearly from the same series. Of all these notes, it’s difficult to say is any of them are genuine.

$1 1800. RI-570 C2, Durand 2541/2544, Bowers W-RI-1640-001-G010/C010. The engraving of this note appears superior to the third $1 below. It’s unclear whether this is genuine, or if it’s a counterfeit.
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$1 June 3, 1807 Counterfeit. RI-570 C2, Durand 2544
The design work on this note is noticeably cruder than the two above. It also lacks a Hamlin imprint.
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$2 1800s. RI-570 G12/C12, Durand 2547/2550, Bowers W-RI-1640-002-G050/C050. (Image from Haxby.)
Counterfeit example.
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$3 January 12, 1819. RI-570 UNL, Durand UNL, Bowers UNL
Hamlin imprint under Native American figure at left.
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$10 c. 1800s. RI-570 UNL, Durand UNL, Bowers UNL. (Image from Heritage Auctions.)
An unlisted banknote with no Hamlin imprint, but closely following the designs of others in this series.
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• Warren Bank (Founded 1803)

The existence of the two proof notes that bear the notation, “Engraved by Hamlin,” helps us identify all the bills in this series as being by the same engraver.

$1 August 4, 1804. RI-535 G2/C2, Durand 2344/2348, Bowers W-RI-1560-001-C010
Counterfeit example. Note that the central vignette is different than the genuine note below.
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$1 c. 1810 Proof. RI-535 G4, Durand 2345/2349, Bowers W-RI-1560-001-G010. (Image from Heritage Auctions.)
Genuine. This note was part of a sheet that included the $5 note at bottom, which has a notation “Engraved by Hamlin.”
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$1 RI-535 C4, Durand 2349, Bowers W-RI-1560-001-C020. Counterfeit of the above. Note that the central vignette is different than the genuine note above. (Image from Haxby.) [Get image from Durand]
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$2 1800s. RI-535 G18, Durand 2350, Bowers W-RI-1560-002-G080
Similar to notes above. First issue. No description available.

$3: August 10, 1810. RI-535 G28/C28, Durand 2355/2358, Bowers W-RI-1560-003-G110/C110
Counterfeit example. William Hamlin, Providence Engraver footnote #58 notes…
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$5 c. 1810 Proof. RI-535 G38, Durand 2360, Bowers W-RI-1560-005-G140. (Image from Heritage Auctions.)
Genuine note. Part of a two note sheet. No imprint, but with a notation of “Engraved by Hamlin 1810” handwritten at bottom right.
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$10 1800s-10s. RI-535 G48/C48, Durand 2364/2367, Bowers W-RI-1560-010-G180/C180
No description available. First issue.

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