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Note of the Month: 'Boggs Note' raises questions

By Neil Shafer


You are looking at both sides of a so-called $10 “Boggs Note.” It’s one of those that Boggs printed from his original drawing and tendered as possible payment for a service he received, in this case a taxi ride.

Was he trying to make a point that art can be considered as money, or is he an out-and-out counterfeiter? He has been given credit for both of these conclusions at various times.

Boggs died at age 62 earlier this year, but his controversial life continues to be a source of discussion and study, as you will see in my upcoming Bank Note Reporter article. You will also see the full transaction components that accompany this note. Stay tuned!

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