Exceedingly Rare La Grange, GA $5 Brown Back Featured in August 2022 Auction

Our August Global Showcase Auction promises to be another impressive sale for U.S. Currency. The sale will be available online by July 20, with catalogs mailed around that time. We are offering two special collections this sale: one is of serial number errors from the “Mismacthed Serial Number Collection,” and the other is consecutive cut sheets from the “This Buck Stopped Here Collection.” We will also be offering notable sections featuring Large Size notes and Nationals. Highlighting the latter section is this La Grange, Georgia $5 1882 Brown Back from the First National Bank (Charter 3093) in PCGS Banknote Choice Very Fine 35 Details.

This note should turn quite a few heads when it crosses the auction block. Two national banks issued currency in La Grange: The La Grange NB (Charter 7762) which offers 26 large size notes to collectors, and the First National Bank (Charter 3093) with just two notes available. No auction results are listed in Track & Price, nor are any notes listed in their census. The National Bank Note Census records a single note in their census, which is just 12 digits away from this serial number. No auction records are listed in the National Bank Note Census either, making this the first reported public offering of this Georgia charter.

The First National Bank of La Grange was chartered on December 20, 1883, and issued $5 Brown Backs only. Just 1,829 sheets were issued. The Bank would issue $36,580 before being liquidated on December 1, 1891. Just $245 was reported outstanding in 1910. Given the number of notes issued, and its serial number towards the end of the reported number range, it can be assumed that this note was saved by a sentimental bank employee, most likely around the time of liquidation. The note is quite appealing; dark penned bank officers signatures remain fully legible while the paper is bright. The design on the reverse, from which the series takes its name, offers exceptional appeal. This note is sure to be hotly contested by National collectors, and we would not be surprised if our high estimate is met or exceeded. PCGS Banknote comments “Minor Restorations.”

We are currently taking consignments for our upcoming auctions. To consign your U.S. paper money and world paper money, contact a consignment specialist at 800-458-4646 or visit For more information on viewing lots or for assistance in registering to bid, email your inquiry to:[email protected]

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