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    FR. 169 1875 $100 Legal Tender PMG Very Fine 30 ex: Pogue (Minor Restoration, Small Tear)


    As described in the Stack's Auction: This is a rare $100 Legal Tender note for which only 13 examples are known, three of which are in permanent institutional collections and forever unavailable to collectors. The face design of this note is much the same as seen on the earlier 1869 $100 Rainbow note, with Lincoln portrayed at left, a small Liberty head at bottom center, and Reconstruction at right. For the 1875 series a pink decorative overprint is featured near top center, with a pink spiked Treasury Seal near bottom right. The serial numbers are blue and followed by a Maltese cross instead of a star at the end. The engraved signatures of Allison and New flank the small Liberty head at bottom center. The back design is more intricate than on the 1869 notes, with 100 counters in the top corners and Roman numeral Cs in the bottom corners. The Legal Tender clause is at left along with anti-counterfeiting language. Modest circulation is seen on this example, that has broad margins and bold pink overprint inks. All of the engraved design elements are displayed in sharp detail. PMG comments Minor Restoration, Small Tear on the back of the holder. The presence of these does little to distract from the desirability of this rarity.

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    FR. 1225a 1900 $10,000 Gold Certificate PMG About Unc 50 (Cancelled, Repaired, Pieces Added)

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    Of the varieties of the Series 1900 $10,000 Gold Certificates, which are all not redeemable, the Friedberg 1225a is among the scarcest. There are only six known from an original printage of 36,000, and this example is among the highest graded, on a technical level. This note comes from a small group of 1225a pieces that were all paid in Baltimore. This note was made payable to the First Union Bank in that city. The punch cancels are confined to the signature panel and are not overly distracting. Overall the eye appeal is pleasing and this note would make an important addition to a collection.