Prohibitively Rare Fr. 153 1875 $50 Legal Tender Note From the Joel R. Anderson Collection

It is with
great pleasure and excitement that we prepare to offer Part II of the Joel R.
Anderson Collection of large-size paper money types in our Official Auction of
the ANA World’s Fair of Money this August. The catalog is being prepared,
featuring many great rarities as well as more affordable notes. Here we feature
one of the great rarities, a note that is one of only two examples of the type
available to collectors.

Friedberg 153 1875 $50
Legal Tender Note

PCGS Currency Fine 12

One of Two in Private Hands

Just four examples of
this extremely rare Allison-Wyman signed 1875 $50 Legal Tender Note are known
to exist. Of those, the Aubrey Bebee example resides permanently in the ANA
Museum Collection while another is forever ensconced in the collection of the
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The two privately held examples, this and the
serial number A20197 note, are both in the Fine grade range. The A20197 note
was last sold publicly for $60,500 in October 1998. The presently offered note
was acquired from a November 2007 Stack’s auction for $276,000.

Normal, evenly
distributed evidence of circulation is observed on the Anderson Collection example.
It displays still boldly inked design elements and mostly sound paper, save for
a few minor edge nicks which are to be expected at this grade level. For
advanced collectors hoping to secure as many Friedberg numbers as possible this
opportunity should not be missed. It has been more than 10 years since this
note was last available and it will likely be many more before it comes up for
sale again.

$50 Legal Tender Notes, Series of 1875

The design of the
Series of 1875 $50 is essentially the same as the 1874 dated notes. The
portrait of Benjamin Franklin, engraved by Charles Burt from the Duplessis
portrait, is seen at left. Liberty, dressed as Columbia is found at right.
There are two large pink L protectors left and right at center along with a
pink spiked Treasury Seal at bottom center. The back design is the same as on
the 1874 notes with the imprint of the Columbian Bank Note Company centered at
the bottom. 40,000 examples were issued.

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