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Rare Fr.151 1869 $50 “Rainbow” Legal Tender Note to be Offered in Upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries Baltimore Auction

Rare Fr.151 1869 $50 “Rainbow” Legal Tender Note to be Offered in Upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries Baltimore Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

One of just 61 known Fr. 151 1869 $50 “Rainbow” Legal Tender Notes will be offered to bidders at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, Maryland October 29-November 1, 2014. The 1869 Series of Legal Tender Notes are referred to as the “Rainbow” series due to the colorful hues of both the inks and the security paper the notes were printed on. Denominations range from $1 to $1000. 

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Fantastic Serial Number 1 FNB of Earlville, Illinois $5 Brown Back to be Offered in Upcoming Whitman Baltimore Auction

Fantastic Serial Number 1 FNB of Earlville, Illinois $5 Brown Back to be Offered in Upcoming Whitman Baltimore Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

A newly discovered Serial Number 1 Series of 1882 $5 Brown Back from the First National Bank of Earlville, Illinois, Charter #3323, will be offered in the Stack's Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo in Baltimore, Maryland. 

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The Curious Story of Confederate Major Orestes Parmeno Chaffee

The Curious Story of Confederate Major Orestes Parmeno Chaffee

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Our upcoming Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo will feature a wide selection of Military and Civil Agent issued Confederate Train and Hoer notes. These T-39, T-40 and T-41 $100s issued in 1862 and 1863 are popular not only for their aesthetic appeal but for the background of those who issued the notes as agents of the Confederate States military and treasury department
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High Grade Federal Type Notes Highlight This Week's Stack's Bowers Galleries Currency iAuction

High Grade Federal Type Notes Highlight This Week's Stack's Bowers Galleries Currency iAuction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Choice and Gem Uncirculated large size Federal type notes stand out in this week's Stack's Bowers Galleries Currency iAuction. This week's auction features 81 lots of Colonial, Confederate, Large and Small Size Type, and National Currency. 

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The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2014 Hong Kong Paper Money Session

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2014 Hong Kong Paper Money Session

By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

Just a few days ago the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2014 Hong Kong paper money session took place on August 20th, attracting vigorous participation from collectors and dealers. The 400-lot session comprised mostly Chinese banknotes with a sizeable group of other far eastern issuers as well. Important Empirical issues started the night with the first lot being an unusually high grade Ming Dynasty note, certified by CMC as About Uncirculated 50 OPQ. 
Author: Matt Quinn
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Very Rare Pick J116 Chi Tung Bank 10 Yuan Puppet Bank Note

Very Rare Pick J116 Chi Tung Bank 10 Yuan Puppet Bank Note

By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

A highlight of our upcoming August 2014 Hong Kong sale is this Chi Tung Chinese Puppet banknote. It is a tremendous rarity and the first we have offered. The Chi Tung Bank 1937 issue is quite rare with all denominations considered. This 10 Yuan is the second highest denomination as notes of 50 Fen, One, Five, 10 & 100 Yuan were produced. It is of the medium format design with large "10" counter at left and multicolored guilloche at center. 
Author: Matt Quinn
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Highlights from the World Paper Money Session of our August 2014 ANA Sale

Highlights from the World Paper Money Session of our August 2014 ANA Sale

By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

The recent Stacks Bowers Galleries official world paper money auction of the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money was an important offering of high value rarities that saw fierce competition throughout the 136-lot offering. Particular focus was on a sensational collection of Icelandic notes with designs that have not been publically available to collectors for several years. 
Author: Matt Quinn
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Better Know Your Notes: General James McPherson and the $2 Treasury Notes of 1890 & 1891

Better Know Your Notes: General James McPherson and the $2 Treasury Notes of 1890 & 1891

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the Union Army's Atlanta Campaign that sought to deal a devastating blow to the heart of the Confederacy in Atlanta and surrounding parts of Georgia. One prominent Union general from that military campaign is James Birdseye McPherson whose portrait is found on the $2 Treasury Notes of 1890 and 1891.

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