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Rare copy of US Declaration resurfaces

Precious document is one of 200 exquisite facsimiles made in Washington in 1820s for founding father James Madison

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The ornate "T" in the "The" of the "The unanimous Declaration ..." seems to have been slightly altered. In the Stone copies, a decorative diagonal line runs through the "T." The line does not appear to be in the original. In the original, there seems to be a heart-shaped flourish where the T is crossed that's omitted in the Stone copy.

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The ornate "T" in the "The" of the "The unanimous Declaration ..." seems to have been slightly altered. In the Stone copies, a decorative diagonal line runs through the "T." The line does not appear to be in the original. In the original, there seems to be a heart-shaped flourish where the T is crossed that's omitted in the Stone copy.

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DURING the US Civil War, the precious document was hidden behind wallpaper in a home in Virginia to keep Union soldiers from finding it.

Later, it sat in a closet in Kentucky, in a broken frame, unappreciated and stored in a cardboard box. And later still it was stuck...

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