Most collectors are unaware of the fact that there is such an item as a genuine 50 cent or even 3 cent bank note. During the early years of the Civil War, the banks suspended specie payment which caused the average citizen to hoard coinage. It became impossible for merchants to provide small change to their customers, and in July of 1862 the Treasury authorized the issue of 5, 10, 25 and 50 Cent notes to meet the demands of commerce. Fractional Currency Shields were produced by the Treasury for banks so that bank tellers might detect counterfeit notes by comparison with the genuine notes on the shield. The outside dimension of the Treasury Shield is 20 x 25 inches and on the shield are mounted 39 specimens of fractional currency. Each note was printed on one side only so that obverse and reverse appear as separate notes. As made, the shields are covered with glass and framed. Genuine intact shields are very rare and in much demand with recent auction records placing the value of this historical collectible at $9,000. Our Replica Fractional Currency Shield was produced utilizing a genuine Treasury Shield - the color, overall look and texture is almost identical to the original. Just like the original, each of our fractional notes is hand applied and then the shield is placed in a presentation matte and professionally framed. In order to meet all U.S. Treasury regulations as to the reproduction of United States Bank notes, we have slightly reduced the size of our replica to 17 x 20 with a final mounted size of 21 x 24. The Replica Fractional Currency Shield will be admired when displayed in your home or office.
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