Rare Money Blog

Welcome to March Baltimore!

By Peter Treglia, Director of Currency

Author: Peter Treglia / Thursday, March 15, 2018 / Categories: Paper Money of the Week

Welcome friends to our Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo. This marks our first live United States currency auction of 2018 and what a way to begin the year!

As you almost certainly know already, this auction will feature Part 1 of The Joel R. Anderson Collection, which offers a world class selection of superb large size type notes and ultra-rarities. Among the many highlights of The Joel R. Anderson Collection are the Fr. 183c 1863 $500 Legal Tender Note graded PCGS Very Choice New 64 PPQ and the complementary Fr. 186d 1863 $1000 Legal Tender Note graded PCGS Choice About New 58. Also of note is the Fr. 187b 1880 $1000 Legal Tender Note graded PCGS About New 55. Each of these three notes could reach or exceed the million-dollar mark when the gavel drops. An unprecedented offering of “Middle of the Book” Compound Interest and Interest Bearing Notes from The Joel R. Anderson Collection features an extremely rare Fr. 209a 1861 $500 Interest Bearing Note graded PCGS Very Fine 25.

Also headlining the auction is The A.J. Vanderbilt Collection, a fabulous offering of large size type notes and national currency. This cabinet is headlined by the single finest graded Demand Note, a Fr. 2 1861 $5 graded PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ. Also found among the more than 40 great lots of currency in the collection is the Fr. 1136 1870 $5 National Gold Bank Note from the First National Gold Bank of San Francisco, California, graded PMG Extremely Fine 40 EPQ.

The Anderson and Vanderbilt collections will comprise our Thursday night session of the auction, while the Friday night session will feature additional United States currency, including Colonial and Continental, Obsolete, Confederate, Large and Small Type and Nationals.

Our Friday night session features three Ultra-High Denomination small size notes including a Fr. 2220-E 1928 $5000 FRN from Richmond graded PMG About Uncirculated 50 and a Fr. 2231-A 1934 $10000 FRN from Boston graded PMG Choice Uncirculated 64.

We also are pleased to present another great offering of rare National Currency notes that includes an incredible new discovery note from the First National Bank of Vinton, Virginia. This serial number 1 1902 $10 Plain Back is graded PMG About Uncirculated 53 and is the first note known from the bank.

Many other great treasures await you in the pages of our catalogs for this sale. We invite you to take some time and enjoy the offerings within. From all of us on the currency staff at Stack’s Bowers Galleries we look forward to seeing you in Baltimore or to receiving your bids by mail, fax or at StacksBowers.com.


Enjoy the paper!


Peter A. Treglia