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Bank of Cape Fear four-dollar note, 1852

North Carolina Collection Gallery, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publication Date
  • Commerce
  • Anchors
  • Sailing Ships
  • Lighthouses
  • Liberty
  • Minerva (Roman Deity)
  • Savage
  • Henry R.
  • Wright
  • Thomas Henry
  • 1800-1861.
  • Toppan
  • Carpenter & Company (Philadelphia
  • Pa.)
  • North Carolina
  • Bank Notes


Four-dollar note issued by Bank of Cape Fear 1852; engraved and printed by Toppan, Carpenter and Company of Philadelphia; black ink with large "4" in top-center portion and at bottom-left corner, a top-left vignette of maiden representing commerce reclines next to anchor with sailing ships and a lighthouse in background; at note's right end between two large "FOURS" is a woman who appears to represent Libertas (Lady Liberty) but whose helmet and staff (with no Phrygian cap) represent more closely the Roman goddess Minerva, although her right hand rests on a Union shield; printed plate letter "A" to left of 4 at center, handwritten serial number faded and "2 Nov. 52"; signatures of bank's cashier, Henry Russell Savage, and its president, Thomas H. Wright, flanking image of two sheaves of wheat near bottom edge.

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