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1934C $5 FRNs

Narrow Face

The $5 Narrow Face plates were first introduced in April 1949 and featured a subtle design change where the front design was slightly compressed.  Only six Narrow Face plates were created (#298-303) for the 1934C series and only for the New York district.  The rest of the 1934C $5 FRNs were printed with Wide Face plates, which was the only design used on small-size $5 FRNs printed prior to that point in time.  Narrow Face plates for were used for all of the 1934D and later $5 FRNs (all districts), 1934D and later $5 Silver Certificates, and 1928F and later $5 Legal Tender.  The Narrow Face plates were also introduced during the 1934C $5 Silver Certificates production, although they were slightly different designs, thus both a Wide Face and Narrow Face exists within that series.

Wide Face

N.Y. Narrow Face (BP #298-303)

1934C $5 FRN New York Narrow Face; FP #301

***Currently the highest serial number on the census***

Related SPMC "Paper Money"Journal Articles

"Superb Narrow Sighting Confirmed!" (requires SPMC membership)

Jan/Feb 2022 - Whole #337; pgs 68-69; Robert Calderman (Cherry Pickers Corner)


"Transition from Wide to Narrow Designs on U.S. Small Size Notes 1947-1953"

Sept/Oct 2006 - Whole #245; pgs 323-343; Peter Huntoon, James Hodgson

The Census Report

Updated 03/11/2024

4 New Notes

Notes Included:

1934C Narrow Face

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