Historic, but not famous

Joseph Perkins, engraver, bank notes

Joseph Perkins (1788 – 1842) was born in New Hampshire. He graduated from Williams College and went to Philadelphia to learn engraving. He moved to New York City in 1825 with the A.B. Durand to start Durand, Perkins and Company , engravers of Bank Notes. When Mr. Durand left the company, Perkins continued with an office at 4 John Street. 

He entered a contest in London for the prevention of bank note forgery. While in London, he perfected the transfer of engravings from one plate to another. He also made engravings for many important events throughout NYC including a tribute to the visiting Marquis de Lafayette.

If you are interested in seeing engravings of bank notes throughout the history of the United States, you can visit the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street.

Joseph Perkins (American, 1788–1842), The Nation’s Guest, circa 1825. Engraving. Courtesy of David Bishop Skillman Library, Lafayette College, Easton, PA.
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