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Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ October 25 offering of Part III of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money achieved $8,619,240 in the firm’s Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo in Baltimore.  Among the many rarities featured in the catalog, the highlight was the finest known 1890 $1,000 “Grand Watermelon” Treasury Note which realized over $2 million. With an average lot price of nearly $160,000, Part III brings the total to date for the Joel R. Anderson Collection to over $26 million, with one more offering planned for February 2019 in Baltimore.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

In our recent weekly Internet messages about the Joel R. Anderson Collection Part III we have showcased the rarest of the rare—landmark notes that run will into six figures if not more. This week the limelight is on a note that is common in worn grades and in Uncirculated 65 and 66 is readily available.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Here is another rarest of the rare note from the Joel R. Anderson Collection—one of just two known, and the first note of this type to be offered at auction in more than 40 years!
Silver Certificates of Deposit are a series of 1878 and 1880 made in high denominations and mostly used by banks, not in general commercial circulation. They are a very rare and little-known product of the Bland-Allison Act of February 28, 1878, which authorized the Morgan silver dollar.​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

This unique note by definition represents a unique opportunity. The note, while graded VF, seems to be higher than that. In any event it is full color on face and back and appears exactly like an issued note except for the serial number. Proof large-size federal notes are a rarest of the rare category. Often, years or even decades will pass between offerings of a given variety. As to this note, this is another of many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in the Joel R. Anderson Collection.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

We continue our discussion and preview of the Joel R. Anderson Collection Part III. Featuring rarity after rarity plus many more-available notes affordable to a wide circle of buyers, the sale will be held on Thursday evening, October 25, at the Whitman Coin & Currency Expo in Baltimore. You are invited to attend in person or to participate in virtual reality on the Internet.​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

To introduce Part III of the Joel R. Anderson Collection we showcase what has been called the Holy Grail of American currency: the 1890 $1000 "Grand Watermelon" Note. As mentioned below, this note gained the No. 1 position in the wide survey for The 100 Greatest American Currency Notes, the best-selling Whitman book. ​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Part II of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of large size paper money is in the immediate offing. And, what a sale it will be! Rarity is the rule, not the exception, and high quality is the rule as well. In metaphor it is like a gathering of eagles.​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Here is a note that is unique in private hands—another once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone seeking to build a great collection of paper money. To be sure there is one other in existence—permanently held by the Bureau of Public Debt in Washington D.C.​​

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