Incredible Selection of American Paper Money Offered at the Stacks Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / October 10, 2012

Irvine, Calif. (October 10, 2012) — Classic American Currency and some unexpected treasures are among the highlights of the upcoming Official Auction of the Baltimore Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo paper money session, scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2012, at the Baltimore Convention Center, beginning at 6 p.m. (ET).

Important Federal type notes, a superb War of 1812 Federal Treasury Note collection, and many other desirable properties will cross the block during this highly anticipated session. Lot viewing begins Monday, November 12, 2012 in Baltimore, with earlier viewings by appointment in Irvine, California and New York City.

Leading the session is early American paper money, including several Gem Continental currency notes, as well choice sheets pedigreed to the Ford Collection sales. Another old time collection, formed over 100 years ago, and featured in a special section, is being sold at the request of the Connecticut Historical Society Museum. Obsolete currency highlights include many rare proofs, featuring a pair of superb green-tinted color proofs from Blackstone Bank of Massachusetts and the Wyoming Bank, Wilke-Barre of Pennsylvania. A unique archive book compiled by the State Bank at Camden, New Jersey contains several discovery notes from the issuer, and is offered for the first time at auction. Closing out the obsolete currency section is a special section of Civil War token issuer scrip and related cardboard, formed by the late Stephen L. Tanenbaum. Many rare and usual notes are included in this offering.

A standout War of 1812 Federal Treasury Note collection has been catalogued for this sale including nine different types, as well as two exceedingly rare proofs. This is the most diverse selection of types since the Ford VI Sale in October 2004. All of these Treasury Notes are listed in the Friedberg book and the Whitman Encyclopedia. Most have stellar pedigrees such as Ford, Boyd, Blanchard and John Whitney. Also featured are two plate notes from the Krause-Lemke volume. The highlight of the collection is “America’s Three Dollar Bill,” the March 25, 1815 $3 type, which hails from the great Whitney Collection, held eight years ago.

Federal Large and Small Size type will once again be in abundance with several old holdings coming to market for the first time. Many of the notes being auctioned were purchased in the 1960s and 1970s from luminaries such as Bill Donlon and other paper money greats. Several high grade Fractional Currency type notes will be sold. National Banknotes include many collector quality and rare notes, both large and small, from many states. An outstanding Serial Number 1 $5 Brown Back from Welden NB, St. Albans, Vermont is a new discovery to the census. Over 800 public session lots are scheduled as well as a significant Internet Only Session closing on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, featuring over 300 quality lots from all genres. The full-color catalog once features notes for every collector’s taste and budget.



Catalogs for the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo will be available in late October. To request a catalog, call 800.458.4646.

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum Group International Inc., was launched in January 2011, combining the extraordinary histories of Stack’s, the oldest rare coin auction and retail company in America, with Bowers and Merena Auctions, one of the world’s preeminent auctioneers of rare coins and paper money. The two companies unite to share a combined legacy that spans more than 100 years, and includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable collections to ever cross an auction block — the John J. Ford, Jr. and Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. collections, the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, and the Norweb Collection — to name just a few. 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 legendary 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle that realized an astounding $7.59 million (sold in partnership with Sotheby’s). The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, New Hampshire, and Hong Kong. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including the ANA World’s Fair of Money and ANA/PNG Pre-Show, the 2013 ANA National Money Show, and the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, three times yearly.


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