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Central Mining Company (fl. 1854-1894) [Central Mining Company Ten Dollar Note]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.364 Author/Creator: Central Mining Company (fl. 1854-1894) Place Written: Eagle Harbor, Michigan Type: Object Date: 4 April 1868 Pagination: 1 banknote : paper : blue and black ; 7.4 x 17 cm. Order a Copy

A ten dollar note produced by the Central Mining Company in Eagle Harbor, Michigan. It has a number of signatures on both sides and a facsimile of a portrait of a female warrior.

Robert "Bob" Stone was a Bombardier in World War II and served in the Pacific Front. These letters, were compiled by Bob's wife, Sheila M. Stone, and Ali Adair into a book named Letters in a Box. This book details Bob's service to his country, and his life after the war. Bob's letters were donated to the collection by his wife, Sheila M. Stone, in 2017. It contains a variety of letters, postcards, patches, pins, photographs, and scrapbooks that relate to Bob's training and combat missions.

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