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The Twelve-cent original 1861 die essays
The balance of the twelve-cent material shown here originally appeared in the 1941 edition of Clarence Brazer’s opus on essays. They were buried in the collection of Falk Finkelburg until the sale of his collection in 1999. Each example offered here is unique. While Brazer and Finkelburg believed that they were pulled in 1861 their exact origin still remains a mystery today.
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