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Ch # 6301

Sheik Sheck


Friday art time. The Mellon signatures continue to intrigue. 




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The $10 is A2 radar 84348, so A284348.  Statistically, I find that too often in the pool of notes that survived, just to annoy me no doubt :-).  

Is that a K4 Plate on the PB $5?  Good to see your posts again!

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Indeed that is a K4 plate. The red seals are all C plates and I don't know why the 2 blue seals are coincidentally K plates. I am real confused because I saw a date back, blue seal $10 note but the signatures were that of the red seal notes. And all have the same date on them. Why are blue seals from 1902 have two different signature combo's? This bank always surprises me.

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The $5 Plain Back is the 'youngest' note as it doesn't have a regional sort letter and it has two instances of the bank serial number.  Use of the treasury serial number was discontinued after August 22, 1925 and geographical sort numbers were discontinued in 1924.  The $20 with serial number 451123 is well into the range ordered by The Mellon NB (serial numbers for plain backs of 3X$10-$20 were 249001-696905).  The $5 & $10 red seals were printed prior to the 1903 rotary serial number printing machine (the $20 red seal was not).  Your notes span > 20 years, so not too surprising that the cashier and president changed out over that period of time.  Date backs were replaced by plain backs as I recall mostly at the expiration of the Aldrich-Vreeland act in 1915.  So we know Mitchell and S.W. Mellon were still in charge at that time.  Mitchell gave us a much bolder swirl over the i in his signature on the Date Back.

What's confusing to me is why that $5 Plain Back still has a June 3, 1902 date as I think it was printed after 1925 (the two bank serial numbers indicate this) which spans over 20 years (the length of a charter shouldn't exceed 20 years), so it should display the next charter date (for the Mellon NB ~June 4, 1922 and updated register of the Treasury and Treasurer signatures).  The K4 plate indicates treasury ran through the alphabet 4 times for the Mellon.  So why not update the later plates with the new charter date and Treasury signatures? [recall my Salem, OH, Charter 43 post a number of months ago] I think the answer is that treasury just wasn't very consistent.

There's a $5 PB SN 684881/N886932E with Lewis and R.B. Mellon signatures on ebay.

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As always, you are a fountain of information. Thanks for educating me regarding the K4 plate. I assume this subscript essentially means the bank had a lot of currency printed. I assume updating later plates with the new charter date and Treasury signatures was a matter of cost. It would have made life a lot easier for the likes of you and me had the plates changed in a more consistent manner. 

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