“Loyalty” Die Proof Vignette by Charles Burt 1862 #1
An original Charles Burt engraving LOYALTY, which appeared on the face of the 1864 Interest Bearing and 1864-65 $50 Compound Interest Treasury Notes. Burt’s engraving depicts a female holding a sword and resting her right hand on a Bible and the U.S. Constitution. At her heel is a sacred urn, and in the background the Supreme Court Building.
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.