The top note was described to me as the "first issue" of 1961.  The floral elements of the panels flanking the state seal and below the portrait are lighter in the early type and the paper has a rose tint.

The green of the underprint is more olive on the early version.  All of my previous stock of this note were the "new" type.  The top illustration has been assigned P#234a, bottom P234b.

Bob Reis
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Raleigh NC 27611USA
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