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​Scarce Fr. 172 1880 $100 Legal Tender Note Offered in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ August 2021 Auction

By Christopher Dahncke, Currency Auction Associate

Author: Chris Dahncke / Thursday, July 22, 2021 / Categories: Paper Money of the Week

Our official United States Currency auction for the ANA World's Fair of Money will feature lot 20170, a Fr. 172 1880 $100 Legal Tender Note graded Choice Uncirculated 63 by PMG.

The 1880 $100 Legal Tender Notes continue with the portrait of Abraham Lincoln, a small vignette of Miss Liberty, and the vignette titled Reconstruction. A large brown spiked Treasury Seal is seen right of center. Boldly printed blue serial number Z27004 is displayed to the bottom left and upper right.

This rare catalog number displays the engraved signatures of Treasury officials B.K. Bruce and James Gilfillan. Just nine of this rare Friedberg number are available to collectors, while three are permanently impounded in institutional collections.

Third-party grading service PMG has graded and encapsulated this note as Choice Uncirculated 63 with the comment "Ink Lightened" added to the back of the holder. The paper is bright and well margined while the printed inks are bold and vividly detailed. This is a wonderful representation of this very scarce design type.

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries August ANA auction has been posted to our website for bidding and viewing. To consign your U.S. paper money and world paper money to a future sale, contact a consignment specialist at 800-458-4646 or visit StacksBowers.com. For more information on viewing lots or for assistance in registering to bid, email your inquiry to: [email protected]​.​