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Selvage – A US Paper Money Security Feature

The selvage of a Federal Reserve Note. Image: Adobe Stock / CoinWeek.
The selvage of a Federal Reserve Note. Image: Adobe Stock / CoinWeek.

(n.)

The term selvage refers to the extra paper around the edge of paper money before it is cut – sometimes used as a security feature on early United States paper money. Later, selvage included guide arrows and the initials of workers who prepared the notes. The selvage also provides space between notes on a sheet.

The term is used to describe the same space on printed textiles.

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