Interesting postal note from the 1800's
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I've never seen anything like that. Looks like a 19th century version of a money order, that was never cashed. I would think not too many uncashed ones exist. Thanks for posting.

 

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These were a means to make small mail order purchases without including cash. Checking accounts were relatively exopensive to maintain and each check was charged a clearing house fee, so they were only used for large purchases. Some coin collectors paid for proof sets of minor coins purchased form the mint with these.

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