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Valley Notes (White Notes)


On 20 January 1849 Church leaders issued printed valley notes to ease the tedious task of handwriting. The printed notes were backed 80 percent by the gold dust in the treasury, as were the handwritten valley notes and the countersigned and reissued Kirtland Safety Society notes. Truman 0. Angell, the Mormon Church architect, made the type and designed and made the press. Brigham Young and Thomas Bullock set the type. Brigham H. Young, nephew of the Church President, operated the press. (This was the first printing done in Utah Territory.) All of the printed valley notes were uniface and printed on perforated white paper with light blue lines. The printed valley notes were stamped with the official seal of the Twelve Apostles, which consisted of the emblem of the priesthood: a three-pointed Phrygian crown over an all-seeing eye. Encircling the emblem were the following sixteen initials: PSTAPCJCLDSLDATW (Private Seal of the Twelve Apostles, Priests of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the Last Dispensation, All Over the World). The seal had been designed by Brigham Young and John Taylor on 23 January 1845 in Nauvoo, Illinois. The single issue of the printed valley notes consisted of denominations of 50¢, $1,$2, and $3, dated 20 January 1849. They were actually issued intermittently from 30 January 1849 through 10 April 1849.

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