Newly Discovered Bison Replacement Note Featured in August Auction

Our August 2023 Global Showcase Auction is shaping up to be an exciting sale, with many treasures set to be offered. One highlight from the sale is a Fr. 118* 1901 $10 Legal Tender Star Note graded Very Fine 20 by PMG.

This is an incredible offering for any large size type collector or replacement collector. Track and Price reports just three stars in their census for this Napier – McClung signed variety. This note is a new discovery and has yet to be added to their census. Sometimes called the Buffalo Bill, or more commonly just a Bison note, the central vignette is of Pablo the Bison, who was sold from a ranch in Montana to the National Zoological Park in 1897. Pablo was sketched by Charles Knight, and then engraved by M.S. Baldwin. To the left and right of Pablo the Bison are portraits of explorers Lewis and Clark. The reverse design is titled Progress, and features Columbia at center (representing agriculture), flanked by columns and panels. This was engraved by G.F.C. Smillie. This type is quite popular today, perhaps due to the excellent use of American imagery. Auction appearances of stars for this variety are few and far between, so do not count on this note coming back on the market anytime soon.

We are currently taking consignments for our August 2023 Global Showcase Auction and our monthly Collectors Choice Online sales. 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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