by Peter Huntoon
David Grant, a serious pursuer of neat varieties issued by the largest banks in the country, bought this jewel from the largest issuer of Series of 1902 notes.
It has everything wrapped into one note: (1) engraved bank signatures, (2) B-prefix bank sheet serial number—B is the highest possible, and (3) plate letter W6—from the plate with the highest possible letter/number combination and available only from this bank.
To combine all these features in one note required that he find one of the last $5 notes issued by the bank from the 1902 series, and indeed this is exactly what he did. This is the highest recorded serial number for a $5 1902 plain back from the bank.
The last sheet issued was B123785, only 1,113 away! The fact that this note has a pleasing grade is just icing on the cake.
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