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Pittsfield Bank $20 Color Proof "Santa Claus" Note

Pittsfield Bank $20 Color Proof "Santa Claus" Note

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

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

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Finest Graded Pick A126a 1927 China & South Sea Bank Limited 1 Yuan Realizes $26,290 in Stack's Bowers' Macau Auction

Finest Graded Pick A126a 1927 China & South Sea Bank Limited 1 Yuan Realizes $26,290 in Stack's Bowers' Macau Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The currency portion of the recent Stack's Bowers and Ponterio Macau world coin and currency auction featured an impressive Pick A126a 1927 China & South Sea Bank Limited 1 Yuan note graded Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ by PMG. The vertical format note is rare in any grade and this is the finest example graded by PMG. 

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General George H. Thomas on $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891

General George H. Thomas on $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Several prominent Union Civil War generals are featured on United States Treasury Notes from the series of 1890 and 1891. Our latest edition of "Better Know Your Notes" looks at the portrait seen on the $5 denomination — General George H. Thomas. 

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Better Know Your Notes Thanksgiving Edition

Better Know Your Notes Thanksgiving Edition

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

With the Thanksgiving holiday just a week away our latest "Better Know Your Notes" takes a look at a few Turkey Day appropriate American currency notes.

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Better Know Your Notes: $10 Silver Certificate Tombstone Notes of 1886-1908

Better Know Your Notes: $10 Silver Certificate Tombstone Notes of 1886-1908

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Many types of United States currency are known by popular nicknames such as Chiefs, Bisons, Black Eagles and Battleships. This latest edition of Better Know Your Notes features the most morbidly nicknamed note in American currency -- the $10 Silver Certificate "Tombstone" notes of 1886-1908.

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Rare Triple Signature Fr. 1175a 1882 $20 Gold Certificate Leads the Stack's Bowers Galleries Baltimore Currency Auction

Rare Triple Signature Fr. 1175a 1882 $20 Gold Certificate Leads the Stack's Bowers Galleries Baltimore Currency Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

A rare Fr. 1175a 1882 "Triple Signature" $20 Gold Certificate graded Choice New 64 PPQ by PCGS was the headliner of the Winter 2014 Stack's Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. The note, lot 2437, is the highest graded example of the type and realized an impressive $199,750. All prices include 17.5% buyer's premium.

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Treasures Await in Stack's Bowers Galleries' Baltimore Currency Internet Session

Treasures Await in Stack's Bowers Galleries' Baltimore Currency Internet Session

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

As the live session of our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo comes to a close we turn our attention to the Internet session of the auction still to come. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this another successful Stack's Bowers currency auction.

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Important Fr. 344 1891 "Monroe" $100 Silver Certificate Featured in Upcoming Stack's Bowers Galleries Baltimore Auction

Important Fr. 344 1891 "Monroe" $100 Silver Certificate Featured in Upcoming Stack's Bowers Galleries Baltimore Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The Stack's Bowers Galleries official currency auction of the Winter 2014 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo in Baltimore is just two weeks away. This week we feature a highlight from the federal portion of the auction, a rare Fr. 344 1891 $100 Silver Certificate. Just 30 examples of the Fr. 344 are presently known and of those, six permanently reside in government collections. 

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