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Title: Morse code on a banknote!
Post by: AF3Y on March 30, 2013, 06:58:28 AM
Check this...... ;D


http://www.ebay.com/itm/XXX-RARE-3-Cents-note-COMPLETE-MORSE-CODE-ALPHABET-Utica-New-York-1864-/221207813152?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3381035c20

Gene AF3Y


Title: RE: Morse code on a banknote!
Post by: K0OD on March 30, 2013, 10:56:42 AM
That's very interesting. During the civil war copper was in short supply. The U.S. also issued steel pennies in 1943. Privately issued cents (called tokens) were in circulation during the civil war period. Merchants often used them for advertising. Many had patriotic themes on one side and an ad for a store on the other. I have some.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_War_token

Few people realize that the U.S. issued "fractional currency" during the 1860s and  1870s. They were redeemable in postage. They're quite attractive and collectable.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US-Fractional_%281st_Issue%29-$0.25-Fr.1280.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractional_currency

The federal government didn't get into printing large denomination paper money until later. But zillions of varieties of bank notes circulated. I've never seen a "fractional" bank note for just three cents. The Morse is amazing!

I do have a confederate fractional note backed by "cotton redeemable after the ratification of victory."


Title: RE: Morse code on a banknote!
Post by: K0OD on March 30, 2013, 07:15:18 PM
Extremely rare token by the same merchant. He was a "manufacturer and dealer in Telegraph, Chemical and PHILOSOPHICAL apparatus" in Utica NY.

Front:
http://www.coincommunity.com/forum/uploaded/cointagous/20110523_DSC03604.JPG

Reverse, with American Morse alphabet:
http://www.coincommunity.com/forum/uploaded/cointagous/20110523_DSC03605.JPG


Title: RE: Morse code on a banknote!
Post by: K7RNO on April 12, 2013, 03:40:13 PM
...and also with the same strange code.


Title: RE: Morse code on a banknote!
Post by: N3QE on April 13, 2013, 04:55:13 AM
...and also with the same strange code.

AKA "American Morse" or "Railroad Morse". Not International Morse as you'd usually hear on the ham bands. When I was a new ham I think there were some CW nets on the ham bands that used Railroad Morse, but I cannot recall hearing it on the ham bands in a long long time.

Some of the prosigns and abbreviations we use on the ham bands today have their roots in Railroad Morse. e.g. "BT overbar" for a "break" and "ES" for "and" are similar (not identical) to formally defined punctuation in railroad morse.