Federal Type Note Rarities, Obsolete Proofs Highlight the Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA Currency Auction

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / July 17, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. (July 10, 2014) — The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the August 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money is just around the corner and the currency staff at Stack’s Bowers Galleries have been hard at work putting together a wonderful auction of rare and exciting material for bidding competition. The paper money market is strong right now and demand is high for rare and highly desirable notes. With over $6 million in rare currency set to cross the auction block, bidders are sure to find many notes to satisfy their collecting appetites.

For starters, one of the greatest items available for private ownership will once again be sold. The inaugural set of 1896 $1, $2 and $5 Educational Series Sheets, Ex: Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, each with serial numbers 1 through 4, will be offered to the collecting public. Each sheet is graded and encapsulated About Uncirculated 55 by PMG.


An important offering of Federal type notes will also appeal to collectors. Among many highlights from that offering is the only privately held Fr. 1191 1882 $50 Gold Certificate. The large, peach spiked seal note is the only one of four known not permanently impounded in a government collection and is graded Extremely Fine 40 by PCGS. A Fr. 1203 1882 $100 Gold Certificate, one of just three known and also unique in private hands, is graded PCGS Fine 15. In addition, an example of the iconic 1863 “Spread Eagle” $100 Legal Tender Note will be offered. The Fr. 167b is graded Very Fine 25 by PCGS. A high grade Fr. 1219e 1907 $1,000 Gold Certificate will also cross the block. This beautiful note is graded Choice Uncirculated 64 by PMG.


A number of exceptional Obsolete proof notes will be featured in the auction as parts of the Crusader Collection and the Peter Mayer Collection. From the Crusader Collection comes a rare Uncirculated 1860 $100 proof from Prescott Bank of Lowell, Massachusetts. An Uncirculated 1856 $5 Face and Back Color proof pair from the Niagara County Bank of Lockport, New York will delight bidders as will a very rare Uncirculated and undated $1000 proof from the Mechanics Bank of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Offered from the important Peter Mayer Collection are many desirable proofs from the Northeast, featuring rare and intriguing vignettes and attractive color proofs. Included is an Uncirculated 1860 $20 proof from the Revere Bank of Boston, Massachusetts. From New York City banks come an undated Gem Uncirculated $50 proof from the Artisans Bank and an undated Choice Uncirculated $3 proof from the Knickerbocker Bank. An undated Uncirculated $100 proof from the Union Bank of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is also among the many great notes in the collection.


Other auction highlights include:


Fr. 193a 1864 $100 Compound Interest Treasury Note, PCGS Very Fine 35 Apparent.


Fr. 324c 1878 Triple Signature $50 Silver Certificate, PCGS Very Good 10 Apparent.


Fr. 2220-J 1928 $5,000 Kansas City Federal Reserve Note, PCGS Extremely Fine 40.


Fr. 163 1880 $50 Legal Tender Note, PCGS Gem New 65 PPQ.


Fr. 172 1880 $100 Legal Tender Note, PCGS Very Choice New 64.


About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.

Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Professional Numismatists Guild New York Invitational, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.













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