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Oct 22 2023

Newman Portal Scans Taylor Plates from SNS Library

The Taylor plates, published in conjunction with Bowers & Merena’s sale of the Frederick Taylor colonial coins in March 1987, featured hundreds of state coppers illustrated on 23 photographic plates. State of the art for the time, these photographs, in conjunction with today’s digitization capabilities, remain remarkably competitive with current digital reproduction technology. Newman Portal recently scanned an oversize edition of the Taylor plates from the SNS Library, one of only a few copies produced, from the same negatives used for the regular edition (of which 182 numbered examples were distributed).

This is a good place to mention that the NNP viewer is optimized for speed, and that higher-resolution images are further available for more detailed study. In this case, NNP produced .tiff files for each plate, which are about 100 Mbytes each. Download speeds will not be instantaneous (a single image may require a couple minutes depending on connection speed), but these files will easily suffice for print reproduction or more involved die variety studies. To access the .tiff files, select “show all” in the right column, then “view content” to the right of “”

Link to the Taylor plates:

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