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My first bond

I was really intrigued by the design of this 1894 bond from the American Bank Note Co. archives. It was created to pay for the Rhode Island's new state house, begun in 1895 and finished in 1904.

Anyone know what style of graphic design you'd say this is? Victorian?

It has a nice early depiction of the future building, designed by McKim, Mead & White, and based on the U.S. Capitol, which itself had been through a major reconstruction that was completed in 1866.

The cover:

The bond coupons:


Here's what the new building replaced, built in 1761, now known as the Old State House:

From an 1850s Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. note from Rhode Island, which I also picked up recently:

Anyone else collect bonds? This is the only one of type I've seen and it really wasn't that expensive.

My website: RICurrency.com


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