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Long Key – Fractional Currency Variety

Close up of a Ten Cents Fractional Currency note from Series Five. Left: Long Key depicted at the bottom of the Treasury Seal. Right: Short Key variety. Image: Stack’s Bowers / CoinWeek.
Close up of a Ten Cents Fractional Currency note from Series Five. Left: Long Key depicted at the bottom of the Treasury Seal. Right: Short Key variety. Image: Stack’s Bowers / CoinWeek.

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The term “Long Key” refers to a variety of 19th-century American Fractional Currency paper money from the fifth series (February 26, 1874 – February 16, 1876) that features a longer variant of the key on the seal of the note. Compare and contrast the Long Key Fractional Currency with the “Short Key” variety.

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