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19th century slab numbers

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Hi everyone, I know the specimen is very poor, but it's all I have. It's part of a Brazilian money from 1851, if it helps, most of the typographic fonts of this period came to Brazil from England, Portugal and Germany.

Can you help me?

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asked by diegomaldonado (102 points) Dec 19, 2016

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The general style at the time was referred to as “Antique,” modified with a size descriptor like “Nonpareil” for smaller text sizes and “Great Primer” for display sizes. There were many variations over time, and by country.

The dollar sign in these specimens isn’t a great match to your sample, but they give you a general idea of the style:

https://www.granger.com/results.asp?image=0097270&screenwidth=1350

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nicksherman/13974288489/in/album-72157644209697437/

One modern interpretation of the style is Giza by Font Bureau (though it lacks the through line of the $):

https://store.typenetwork.com/fonts/?name=Giza

Figgins Antique is a revival of the style that also might work for you:

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/hihretrofonts/figgins-antique/

answered by kthomps5 Expert (2,536 points) Dec 19, 2016
Actually I'm not trying to use something simillar on a project, I'm trying to findout wich font is that one for a research. But thanks anyway =)
Diego, the chances that this typeface--and its name--survived into the digital age is slim to none.

In fact, if the image you posted is from printed paper money from 1851, it was most likey hand-engraved directly onto printing plates, not typeset. It may have been modeled on movable metal type of the era, but owes as much to the skill and taste of the engraver than to any actual typeface.

It is based on a type style known as Antique, but that's as far as can be determined from such a poor quality sample.
It would make sense in a lot of cases, but not this one, paper money was a real mess at this period here in Brazil, in this link is the whole paper, so you can have an idea.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z4nfkolojt9lv5s/1854_bancodomaranhao_100%24000_pg88.jpg?dl=0

Money could be printed from a lot of different places. Sometimes not even in banks, could be a large farm or something like that. I'm not looking for the digital version, I'm looking for the old one. – Again, thanks for your response :)
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