“The Mule Team”, Vignette Die Proof, American Bank Note Co. 1860


Die proof designated THE MULE TEAM / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. No. 131 below the image along with a microprinted statement that the vignette had been entered with the office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York in 1860. George Thomas was the artist / designer and Henry Beckwith was the engraver.

The American Banknote Company (ABNC) and its predecessor companies engraved and printed many of the world’s classic stamps, banknotes and securities. Although it traces its origins into the 1700s, the company as we know it was formed in 1858 by the consolidation of six leading engraving com­panies, including Danforth, Perkins & Co., Bald, Cousland and Co, Toppan, Carpenter and Co., John E. Gavit, Jocelyn, Draper, Welsh & Co., Wellstood, Hanks, Hay & Whiting and Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson. Over the years, ABNC acquired various security printers, including Hamilton and Continental Banknote Companies, Security Banknote Co. and many others. Collectors of Proofs and Essays will recognize many of these names as the leading engravers of 19th Century stamps. The ABNC continued its leadership role well into the 20th Century, designing and en­graving stamps, banknotes and stock certificates for countries and corporations all over the world. The original ABNC archives were sold in the early 1990s. Most of those items have been absorbed into individual collections and have become eagerly sought-after treasures.

Note: this is an ORIGINAL nineteenth century die-sunk proof; not a reproduction or contemporary print. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Additional information


American Bank Note Co.


VF, minor toning




india die sunk on card


3.5" x 2"; overall 8.25" x 5.5"


George Thomas


Henry Beckwith