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Jewell City, Kansas $5 Circus Poster Note to be Offered in November 2020 Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Author: Brad Ciociola / Thursday, October 29, 2020 / Categories: Paper Money of the Week

A new-to-the-market Circus Poster format $5 Brown Back from the First National Bank of Jewell City, Kansas is being offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2020 United States Currency Auction.

Seven different Kansas towns issued $5 Brown Backs with the circus poster design. Those are Jewell City, Medicine Lodge, Alma, Scandia (later Belleville), Pratt, Clay Center and Frankfort. Perhaps not surprisingly, only three of seven charters have survivors. Those comprise two other examples from Jewell City, two high grade serial number notes from Belleville, and a low grade piece from Frankfort, The Frankfort note sold for $27,600 in 2006.

The lovely Jewell City piece featured in our November sale is a new addition to the census. The paper is original, but lightly circulated. The brown inks are sharp and dark, and of course the all-important pen signatures are neat and delicate. The note has been graded Very Fine 30 by PMG, with the comment “Minor Rust.” The note, lot 7190, carries a pre-auction estimate of $12,500-$17,500.

To view all the United States coins, medals, tokens and paper money offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2020 auction visit StacksBowers.com​. For more information call 800-458-4646 or email [email protected].