The “finest known” 1882 $20 Gold Certificate, Fr. 1176, is expected to bring in excess of $250,000 as part of Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Signature Auctions, set for Jan. 3-9 in Tampa, Fla. The sale is in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists Convention to be held at the Tampa Convention Center.
The rarity is graded PMG Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ.
According to the cataloger, Series 1882 $20 Gold Certificates were issued for more than 18 years, but there was a huge gap between 1891 and 1898 when no new plates or print runs were ordered. This leaves five signature combinations for the “early issues” and one for the “later issues.”
“Just 8% of the total number of printed 1882 $20 Gold Certificates are from this early issue, and the survivors are quite scarce. This note and one other PMG 66 EPQ Fr. 1177 represent that two finest known notes from that early time period, and feature one of two different brown seals. The margins are as large as one will find for the type, with a deep wheaten gold underprint on the face. The paper wave and embossing that can be seen through the holder are unmistakably original.”
Expected to be let go in the $130,000 to $150,000 range is a 1934 $5,000, Fr. 2221-B, in PCGS Choice New 63 PPQ.
“A very small run of Uncirculated examples were discovered nearly 20 years ago. That run produced the only fully Uncirculated notes from the district, each only different ever so slightly in margin size, and none quite reaching the full Gem grade. This example is fully margined, with nice paper wave.”
An 1863 Legal Tender “Spread Eagle” $100, Fr. 167a, is graded PCGS Extremely Fine 40 and estimated at $125,000 and up.
Other top lots include:
• 1934 $5,000 Federal Reserve Note, Fr. 2221-K, PCGS About New 53 PPQ, $110,000-$130,000.
• 1934 $10,000 Federal Reserve Note, Fr. 2231-B, PMG Choice Uncirculated 64, ex Binion, $110,000 - $130,000.
• 1880 $100 Silver Certificate, Fr. 341, PMG Very Fine 30, $100,000 - up.
• 1934 $10,000 Federal Reserve Note, Fr. 2231-B, PMG Choice Uncirculated 63, ex Binion, $100,000 - $120,000.
• 1934 $5,000 Federal Reserve Note, Fr. 2221-K, PCGS About New 53, $80,000 - $100,000.
• 1934 $10,000 Federal Reserve Note, Fr. 2231-B, PMG Very Fine 30 Net, $80,000 - $100,000.
• 1864 $50 Compound Interest Treasury Note, Fr. 192b, PMG Very Fine 30 Net, $75,000 - up.
• 1934 $5,000 Federal Reserve Note, Fr. 2221-J, PCGS Extremely Fine 45, $75,000 - $90,000.
• 1861 $10 Demand Note, Fr. 9, PMG Very Fine 25, $60 - up.
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