|The Ten Cent U.S. Bank Note Identification Guide|
|The 10¢ Jefferson Bank Note - Original and Re-engraved Designs|
|10¢ Bank Note - Original Design
US 139, 150, 187 or 188
|10¢ Bank Note - Re-engraved Design
|The Secret Mark on the 10¢ Jefferson Bank Note|
|The Ten Cent Bank Note - With Secret Mark
US 161 or 188 - There is a semi-circle in the ball at
the end of the right hand scroll below "POSTAGE"
|The Ten Cent Bank Note - Without secret mark
US 139, 150, 187 and 209 - There is no semi-
circle in the ball at the end of the right hand scroll
|Comparison of the Frame Lines of the Original & Re-engraved 10¢ Bank Notes|
|Ten Cent Bank Note Original Design
There is an added line of shading between
the frame and the outline of the portrait oval.
The vertical lines are generally much weaker
than those on the re-engraved stamp at right.
|Ten Cent Bank Note Re-engraved Design
There are four strong lines of shading between the
vignette and the outer frame on the re-engraved
stamp. The re-engraved lines are generally much
stronger than those on the original design at left.
|Follow these steps in the identification of your ten cent Bank Notes:|
You will need to check for the secret mark, the number and strength of the vertical lines of shading at left and the
If the stamp has only four srong vertical lines of shading between the frame and the portrait oval, the stamp is automatically US 209, the most common ten cent Bank Note.
If it has five weaker vertical lines of shading between the frame and the portrait oval, check the paper type. If it was printed on the "hard white" paper, it is either the National or
Continental Bank Note printing. If it was printed on the "soft porous" paper, it is one of the American Bank Note printings.
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