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Stack's Bowers March 2021 Session 3 U.S. Currency Auction Preview

There are some really great notes being offered in the March 2021 Stack’s Bowers auction. I was just thrilled to peruse the catalog and see all of the iconic and celebrated types included. I am eager to review the prices realized after the sale.

$100 1863 Spread Eagle U.S. Legal Tender note

$100 1863 Spread Eagle U.S. Legal Tender note

One of the most prolific notes is Lot 3166, a US $100 1863 Spread Eagle Legal Tender note graded by PCGS a Choice Uncirculated 63. The eagle vignette engraved by Joseph P. Ourdan is highly regarded by collectors. The note has two printed serial numbers on it and the signatures of Chittenden and Spinner. Estimated at $300,000 - $400,000 this one will be one to watch.

1890 $100 Treasury Note having the "watermelon" back

1890 $100 Treasury Note having the "watermelon" back

Another notable offering is Lot 3277. An 1890 $100 Treasury Note graded by PCGS Choice Extremely Fine 45. The zeros on the note’s back make the note desirable because they have a likeness to watermelon. The note features the vignette of Admiral David Farragut at right facing the large brown seal placed at center right. The signatures on the front are Rosencrans and Huston.

1934 $10,000 New York Federal Reserve Note

1934 $10,000 New York Federal Reserve Note

Lot 3457 is a 1934 $10,000 New York Federal Reserve Note graded by PCGS as Gem New 65. It has a provenance of being from the Binion’s Hoard. The portrait of Salmon Chase is at center flanked by laurel leaves. The back features 10,000 at center and there are four 10,000s in the corners. The back text located at center over the 10,000 reads “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” The condition of this note makes it a winner for anyone’s collection.

1875 $100 Cincinnati, Ohio, The Metropolitan Bank

1875 $100 Cincinnati, Ohio, The Metropolitan Bank

Lot 3520 is a really fabulous National Currency note. From Cincinnati, Ohio, The Metropolitan Bank $100 note dates to 1875. The front highly-detailed vignette at left is of the Battle of Lake Erie. The back depicts the signing of the Declaration of Independence at center and an eagle representation at right.

Lot 3329

The final beauty I shall leave you to gaze upon is Lot 3329. Offered is a 1905 $20 Gold Certificate with a lovely golden underprint front graded PMG 64 EPQ. The Great Seal on the back also has great eye appeal.

There are some really strong offerings for which we shall enjoy seeing the realized prices. I am looking forward to covering the Stack’s Bowers April 5, 2021 Hong Kong - Session A auction. All images appear courtesy of Stack’s Bowers.