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 Bank Note Companies
(1795-present)

Bank note and stock certificate engravers have been producing art depicting the American economic scene since the first stock certificate with an engraved vignette (for the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike Road) was issued in 1795. Mining companies naturally wanted mining scenes to adorn their company certificates and scrip (company money), and thus was born a new genre of mining art. Fortunately the New York Stock Exchange has long required that the name of the engraving company (if not the actual engraver) appear on the face of all certificates traded, so we can easily identify the producers today. And in the 1880's it also issued an edict that stock certificates should carry a vignette to make counterfeiting more difficult. Some engravers worked from photographs of miners or of the mine buildings, and others drew from their imaginations.

By far the most prominent of the engraving and printing companiesóand the producer of the best mining artówas the American Bank Note Company, co-founded in 1810 by Robert Scot, who had been appointed by Thomas Jefferson to be the first chief engraver for the United States Mint in 1793. Originally known as Murray, Draper, Fairham & Company (after Scot's three partners), it merged in 1858 with six other engraving companies to form the American Bank Note Company. In addition to producing millions of U.S. Government bank notes annually, as well as postage stamps and public and private securities certificates, the company also printed currencies, bonds and stamps for various foreign countries including Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Italy, Peru and Uruguay. In the 20th century the American Bank Note Company continued to absorb smaller engraving firms such as Franklin, Homer Lee, Western, and International. It remains a major International producer today.

For REPRODUCTION PERMISSION and high-resolution images of the engravings shown here, all from the Mineralogical Record Library, contact minrecord@comcast.net.

W.E.W.

Reference:
Tamarkin, B., and Krantz, L. (1999) The Art of the Market. Stewart, Tabori and Chang, New York, 176 p.

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Number of artworks found: 61 | Artworks being viewed: 17 to 24

The Mineralogical Record:  Bank Note Companies - Copper Glance Mining Company  (stock certificate) Copper Glance Mining Company (stock certificate)
Depicting miners at work underground (1901), engraved and printed by the Goes Engraving Company; Mineralogical Record Library specimen.
The Mineralogical Record:  Bank Note Companies - Copper Glance Mining Company  (stock certificate) Copper Glance Mining Company (stock certificate)
Depicting a miner holding out a lump of ore (1901-1902), engraved and printed by the "Goes" engraving company; Mineralogical Record Library specimen.
The Mineralogical Record:  Bank Note Companies - North Lake Mining Company  (stock certificate) North Lake Mining Company (stock certificate)
Depicting two miners drilling underground (1908), engraved and printed by the Franklin Lee Division, American Bank Note Company, Boston; Mineralogical Record Library specimen.
The Mineralogical Record:  Bank Note Companies - National Tunnel and Mines Company   (stock certificate) National Tunnel and Mines Company (stock certificate)
Depicting miners drilling underground (1902), engraved and printed by the American Bank Note Company; Mineralogical Record Library specimen.
The Mineralogical Record:  Bank Note Companies - Massachusetts and New Mexico Consolidated Mining Company  (stock certificate) Massachusetts and New Mexico Consolidated Mining Company (stock certificate)
Depicting a headframe with miners (1881), engraved and printed by Samuel Hobbs & Company, Boston; Mineralogical Record Library specimen.
The Mineralogical Record:  Bank Note Companies - Tonopah Belmont Development Company  (stock certificate) Tonopah Belmont Development Company (stock certificate)
Depicting miners setting up a drill underground, probably engraved from a photograph (1900-1913), engraved and printed by the American Bank Note Company, Philadelphia; Mineralogical Record Library specimen.
The Mineralogical Record:  Bank Note Companies - Silver King Coalition Mines  (stock certificate) Silver King Coalition Mines (stock certificate)
Depicting a miner with tools (1907), engraved and printed by the American Bank Notes Company, New York; Mineralogical Record Library specimen.
The Mineralogical Record:  Bank Note Companies - Silver King Coalition Mines  (stock certificate) Silver King Coalition Mines (stock certificate)
Depicting prospectors making a discovery (1907), engraved and printed by the American Banknote Company, New York; Mineralogical Record Library specimen.
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