An excerpt from Sylvester's Bank Note and Exchange Manual, 1833

Issued by the publisher and former exchange broker S. J. Sylvester, this pamphlet was designed to help “business men generally” identify the difference between legitimate and fraudulent bank notes. As local banks proliferated throughout the country and their currency circulated in other states and cities, it was critical for those outside a local community to determine whether a bank’s currency could be trusted.