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Rare and Unusual Unlisted Printer’s Design

Rare and Unusual Unlisted Printer’s Design

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

Lot 82149 of our upcoming April 6th Hong Kong auction is one of the most exciting notes in the sale. This P- UNL Printer’s Design comes to us by way of the Banque de L’Indo-Chine in French Indo-China. The proposed design was initially supposed to be the 100 Piastres design for Pick 18, but never made it past this design proposal. This note is extremely rare and the Haiphong designation only puts the note in further rare company.

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Newly Discovered Fernandina, Florida Serial Number 1 $5 Brown Back Featured in March Baltimore Auction

Newly Discovered Fernandina, Florida Serial Number 1 $5 Brown Back Featured in March Baltimore Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

National currency enthusiasts will be excited by the recent discovery of a serial number 1 1882 $5 Brown Back from the First National Bank of Fernandina, Florida (Charter #4558). The note is now the finest $5 Brown Back known on the state of Florida and is one of just a small handful of serial number 1 Brown Backs from the Sunshine State. It will be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo March 30-April 1, 2016. 

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This Week at our February Rarities Auction!

This Week at our February Rarities Auction!

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

Don’t forget that this week, beginning at 2 PM on February 10, 2016, at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York City, our Stack’s Bowers Rarities Auction will be held. This exciting sale features various notes that have been mentioned in blogs during prior weeks; however, there are of course many other important items that you will have an opportunity to add to your collections!

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1918 $500 Federal Reserve Note from Cleveland to be Offered February 10 in New York

1918 $500 Federal Reserve Note from Cleveland to be Offered February 10 in New York

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

During our Rarities Auction, beginning at 2 PM on February 10, 2016 at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York City, we are offering a stunning 1918 $500 Federal Reserve Note from Cleveland. The note will be auctioned as lot 40 and carries an estimate between $20,000 and $30,000.

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Rare Massachusetts Notes Even a New Yorker Can Appreciate

Rare Massachusetts Notes Even a New Yorker Can Appreciate

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

With our Rarities Auction in New York City only a couple weeks away, all lots are available for viewing on our website. With a large variety ranging from colonial to type notes, to error notes like the Double Denomination that we featured on the blog before, we are sure to strike a chord with every collector. However, for anyone interested in rare, and stunning notes from Massachusetts, this particular sale is perfect for you.  

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One of the Finest Graded “Sword in Hand” Massachusetts Colonials to be Offered in the Stack’s Bowers and Sotheby’s February Rarities Auction

One of the Finest Graded “Sword in Hand” Massachusetts Colonials to be Offered in the Stack’s Bowers and Sotheby’s February Rarities Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

A phenomenal example of an iconic design type of Colonial American currency will be auctioned as part of the February 10 Rarities Auction, held by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in conjunction with Sotheby’s. Lot 3 of the Rarities Auction is an August 18, 1775 dated Colony of Massachusetts Bay 6 Shillings note graded Choice New 63 PPQ by PCGS. Notes from this popular Colonial series feature on their reverses the famed “Sword in Hand” vignette engraved by Paul Revere. 

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Strikingly Rare Error Note

Strikingly Rare Error Note

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

We have recently finalized our February Rarities Auction. The lots are now listed online and are available for viewing! From scarce high grade Obsoletes, to high denomination large-size Federal Reserve notes, to rare National Bank notes, we are aiming to have all the currency bases covered. In addition, as Lot #46, we are featuring a very special error note: a Fr. 1960-J 1934d $5/$10 Double Denomination note graded 65PPQ by PCGS Currency.

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General George H. Thomas on $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891

General George H. Thomas on $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Several prominent Union Civil War generals are featured on United States Treasury Notes from the series of 1890 and 1891. Our latest edition of "Better Know Your Notes" looks at the portrait seen on the $5 denomination — General George H. Thomas. 

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