Pittsfield Bank $20 Color Proof “Santa Claus” Note

As the Christmas holiday is right around the corner we look back at a festive note we had the pleasure to offer in our official auction of the 2014 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo. Lot 2111 featured a beautiful "Santa Claus" note from the Pittsfield Bank of Pittsfield, Massachusetts pedigreed to the Peter Mayer Collection Part II.

The 1857 $20 Color Proof note featured a large Durand Type III Santa vignette engraved by George Baldwin of Baldwin, Cousland & Co. The vignette depicts a team of reindeer scurrying across a rooftop with Santa in tow, seated in his rather undersized sleigh. This charmer of a note realized an impressive $4993.75.

This is our last Stack’s Bowers Galleries currency blog for 2014. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful year for our currency team. It is our honor to work for and with such great people in the currency collecting community. On behalf of Peter, Matt, DJ and myself, have a very happy holiday season and a safe and prosperous 2015!

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