Ulysses S. Grant Die Proof Engraving, BEP, by John Eissler


Ulysses S. Grant BEP proof. The engraving measures 1.75″ x 2″ and is on card, overall size of 3.75″ x 4.75″. Usage was on the $50 1928 Gold certificate among others.

John Eissler was born in Philadelphia in 1873. From 1888 to 1900 he engraved for H. Elliot Co. in Philadelphia, then moved to the offices of American Bank Note Co. in that city. In 1911 he joined the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and stayed until his retirement in 1941. During that time he engraved over 70 postage stamps.

Ulysses S. Grant was born April 27, 1822, the son of a tanner in Point Pleasant, Ohio. He attended West Point, and served in the Mexican War under the command of Zachary Taylor long before the military events that would bring him fame in the Civil War and pave the way for his election to the Presidency of the United States in 1868 and 1872. During the Civil War, he led Union soldiers in battle at such famous engagements as Shiloh and Vicksburg, earning the respect of Lincoln as a strong fighter and eventually earning the rank of General-in-Chief, appointed as such by Lincoln in March 1864. Perhaps his most famous accomplishment of the war was the leadership of the Army of the Potomac in the defeat of General Robert E. Lee at the command of his Army of Northern Virginia. This resulted in Lee’s famous surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on April 9, 1865. This action, in concert with General Sherman’s brutal advance through the South brought the Civil War to a decisive end.

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John Eissler




3.75" x 4.75"