Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by Detecto92, Oct 29, 2012.
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Kind of like a couple of test strikes are done with brand new dies with or without design changes, to see if there's any tweaking that needs to be done to the dies before striking large numbers of coins.
R actually stands for Rayon & The S stands for Silk. Not regular & special as there were regular notes in circulation already with out the red surcharge that were regular.
The R for Rayon, and S for Silk is a theory of Chip Scoppa.
For those of you fortunate enough to own a copy of History-Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1862-1962, this subject is addressed on pages 149-150. To quote the book; " Early in 1944 experiments aimed at improving the quality of currency paper indicated that the addition of certain chemicals during its manufacture might prove advantageous. In order to evaluate the findings it would be necessary to produce a quantity of notes embodying these special chemical features; then to issue these notes together with a quantity printed on regular paper for comparison of the serviceability of each type under similar conditions. Notes printed on the special paper bore a small, capital "S" printed in red on face in the lower right corner adjacent to the Treasury seal. Those printed on regular paper were similarly identified with the letter "R". Although no publicity was given to the issuance of the test lots, the public at large apparently was quick to observe the special markings on the notes. Rather than spend the bills and keep them in circulation, John Q. Citizen evidently decided to retain those notes that came his way as curios."
I trust the book and the Centennial History Staff.........but that's just me.
Quote frome Heritage-
"The often repeated story is that the "R" notes were of the regular paper variety and the "S" notes were printed on the special paper. However, recent information has come to light that "R" really stands for "rayon" and these are the experimental notes, while "S" truly means "silk" and thus the "S" notes are really the control group of regular notes. A great amount of silk was needed for parachutes during World War Two and this was a wartime experiment to find a replacement for the silk threads in our nation's paper money. "
I wonder why the notes have not been tested by some type of lab to get the make up of the papers composition ?
Probably because such testing would be destructive. Would you offer up one of your "R" or "S" notes as a sacrifice on the altar of numismatic knowledge?
I would if my name could be attached to the history as the person who laid the theory to rest I have some low quality ones , I think I could spare $100 for science.
Who is "Chip," and why haven't I seen his/her theory published in the numismatic press?
<<Quote frome Heritage-
"The often repeated story is that the "R" notes were of the regular paper variety and the "S" notes were printed on the special paper. However, recent information has come to light that "R" really stands for "rayon" and these are the experimental notes, while "S" truly means "silk" and thus the "S" notes are really the control group of regular notes. A great amount of silk was needed for parachutes during World War Two and this was a wartime experiment to find a replacement for the silk threads in our nation's paper money.">>
Can you provide the auction link?
Here is the link
My question is ,if the notes were experimental WHAT WAS the experimental material used in the notes to replace the silk fibers ? Why did the book that was written in 1962 not give that info ?
So R was for regular (silk) & S was for special (something other than silk) ? Seems bass ackwards to me.
From the BEP Directors Report for FY1944:
In an effort to improve the wearing resistance of currency, Crane and Company furnished the bureau with an experimental lot of paper which was used in printing 1,184,000 $1 silver certificates. For purposes of comparison, an equal number of notes were produced under similar conditions using regular [and] distinctive paper. As a means of differentiation between the two types, the letter "R" was overprinted in red adjacent to the seal for currency produced on regular paper and the letter "S" was used in the same manner to designate the special paper. Both lots of currency were delivered to the Office of the Treasurer of the United States in the latter part of June 1944 for distribution.
Thanks for the reference, Steve! I just tracked down a used copy of this book and bought it.
If you picked up a 1st edition you will also find some nice intaglio prints in it! The one of Lincoln is my favorite!
This is a scan of the intaglio print Darryl speaks of.....
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