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American Bank Note Company

Today, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing handles the printing of all United States banknotes. However, this was not always the case. When our nation was still young this task fell to private companies. The American Bank Note Company was one of them and they are still operating today. Bank Notes and stamps from the American Bank Note Company are among the most intriguing classic U.S. pieces. They’re a great addition to any collection.

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American Bank Note Company History

While the company has grown tremendously over the years through a number of mergers and acquisitions, the original American Bank Note Company can be traced back to 1795. It was founded by the very first Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, Robert Scot. The original name of the company was Murray, Draper, Fairman, and Company. It wasn’t until 1857 that the name became the American Bank Note Company.

American Bank Note Products

The most well-known notes that you can get from the American Bank Note Company are ones printed prior to the formation of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. These include notes from the time of the Civil War. The American Bank Note Company also printed U.S. postage stamps from 1879 through 1894.

Product Quality

Since most of the products from the American Bank Note Company that you may find were printed for banks or the government, quality control was quite strict. That being said, age and wear become major factors in collecting such notes.