Featured Vid​eos
See More​​​​
​​ ​​​
Social Media

Blog Feed

“A” for an Affordable Ace!

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / Thursday, February 21, 2019 / Categories: Highlights from the Joel R. Anderson Collection

Our upcoming sale of the Joel R. Anderson Collection Part IV is only a week away. In recent months the entire world of paper money collectors has been abuzz. Soon, the fourth in this series of great events will take place—at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, on Thursday evening, February 28th.

Much of the focus has been on the rarest of the rare—notes that are one-of-a-kind in private hands—rarities that will make headlines.

This week we showcase one of many very affordable notes. By definition the Anderson Collection of large-size federal notes by design types includes the common as well as the rare. As to the common, as here, the quality is anything but. The featured note is the finest graded by PCGS. Still, it is estimated in the low four figures.

The printed catalog of the Anderson Collection sale has been distributed, and in addition complete information is available at StacksBowers.com.  You are cordially invited to attend the dynamic Expo next week and view the Anderson notes in person as well as see the many other coins, tokens, medals, and paper money in our multiple auction sales. We have been the official auctioneer of the Expo since day one.

In addition to the Joel R. Anderson Collection, currency is offered in the Caine Collection (rare federal proof notes) and in another catalog. The net result is that if you are at all interested in paper money, this is the place to be. There are many buying opportunities.  

Plan to be a participant in  history as it is being made—as a bidder or as an observer. Alternatively, you can view the notes on our Internet site and participate in the sale in real time as a bidder.

Below is our catalog description:


Superb Gem New Rosecrans-Nebeker Signed Ace

Tied for Finest Graded Example

Lot 4003. Friedberg 34 (W-30). 1880 $1 Legal Tender Note. PCGS Currency Superb Gem New 67 PPQ.

This incredible Series of 1880 $1 Legal Tender Note has been remarkably well preserved and looks as if it just rolled off of the presses at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. This catalog number comes with the engraved signatures of Rosecrans and Nebeker at the bottom left and right respectively. A small red scalloped Treasury Seal is found to the left of Washington’s portrait. Blue printed serial numbers are in gray serial number panels at the lower left and upper right.

There are broad margins on both the face and the back of the note. The centering is superb and the inks are vividly printed. PCGS Currency has graded no other example of the catalog number finer than the presently offered note. PMG has graded two examples at the 67 EPQ level with none finer. This is truly an exceptional example of a challenging catalog number and offers an ideal opportunity to acquire an affordable Gem-quality note with the Joel R. Anderson pedigree.

PCGS Population: 5, none finer.

From Heritage Auctions’ sale of January 2008, lot 14092; Heritage Auctions’ sale of September 2009, lot 15017.

Est. $2,000-$3,000