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E. and E. Cowper

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Edward Shickle Cowper and his younger brother Ebenezer manufactured and installed printing machinery throughout Europe.

1817-21 The brothers were engaged by the Bank of England to develop a system of printing banknotes that would be difficult to forge. Although they were successful technically, the bank, being once more permitted to issue coin, declined to adopt their proposal

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