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By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​Certainly, the week of Thanksgiving is a time for reflection on the blessings in our lives. Right now, more than ever, I think everyone could use a pause, a chance to appreciate all the things we are thankful for. As I sat down to try to write a currency blog that ties into the Thanksgiving holiday, one idea was very obvious. I’m thankful for this hobby and all of the opportunities it has afforded me.

By Christopher Dahncke

​Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present a scarce Costa Rica P-S151 1895 1 Peso note graded Very Fine 25 by PMG in our January 2021 auction. PMG has encapsulated just six examples of this 1 Peso note, and this is the finest graded by their service. Light blue and dark orange ink offers eye appealing, enhanced by wide margins. A vignette of one woman is at center, with another woman holding a basket at left, while an agricultural scene is featured at right. The reverse displays an intricate design in dark blue ink. PMG comments "Stains Lightened." PMG Pop 1/None Finer.

​By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

A condition census example of an ever popular $5 Silver Certificate type is being featured as lot 7088 in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ November U.S. Currency auction set to cross the block this Thursday November 12. The offered Fr.282 Series of 1923 $5 Silver Certificate has been graded Superb Gem Uncirculated 67 EPQ by PMG and is one of just nine examples of the catalog number to be graded at that level by PMG with none finer.

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​We are just one week away from the live bidding session of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ November 2020 U.S. Currency Auction. Live bidding for the 217 lots in Session 6 of the auction begins November 12 at 3 PM PST.

By Christopher Dahncke

​This Panama P-23a 1941 5 Balboas note in a PMG Very Fine 20 grade makes an excellent pairing with the Panama 10 Balboas note described in the blog from last week. Both will be featured in our January 2021 World Paper Money Auction. Notes from Panama are quite scarce, and PMG’s population report states that just 12 examples of this pick variety have been encapsulated by their service. Deep color from the blue and purple under-print and orange guilloche give way to a solid impression of the primary design.

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​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.

By Christopher Dahncke, Currency Auction Associate

​Our January 2021 NYINC sale is filling up with a vast array of paper money from around the globe that is sure to excite collectors. One such item is a Panama P-24a 1941 10 Balboas note graded by PMG as Very Fine 25. PMG's population report lists just 10 examples of this pick variety that have been encapsulated by their service, a testament to the scarcity of the 10 Balboas variety. The reverse of the note is printed in dark brown ink and displays an intricately lathed design which is exceptionally appealing.

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​Small size currency enthusiasts will be pleased to find a high grade example of one of the key notes to the entire small size series offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 12, 2020 U.S. Currency Auction. This Fr. 1700 1933 $10 Silver Certificate is often referred to as “The King of Small Size.” Just 216,000 were printed and today roughly 70 examples are recorded in the census.

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