Charles Burt’s engraving of AMERICA wearing a crown which appeared on the face of the Series 1874-80 $50 Legal Tender Notes. Vignette measures approximately two and one-half inches by one and three-fourth inches on India paper. This is an ORIGINAL nineteenth century proof on india paper; not a reproduction or contemporary print.
Charles Burt was born at Edinburgh on the eighth day of Nov. 1822. At twelve years of age he apprenticed with W. Home Lizars, principally engaged on plates for Sir Wm. Jardine’s Natural History. He shortly afterwards came to the United States, and was employed by A. L. Dick, who, in his words, had an establishment for engraving in the city of New York, and with whom he remained for about four years. Beginning in 1850 Charles Burt was engaged on Bank Note work, and was the principal die engraver for the U. S. government.