A Trove of U.S. Currency Rarities to be Offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Spring 2024 Showcase Auction

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / March 6, 2024

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present their Spring 2024 Showcase Auction of U.S. Currency. Two sessions will be hosted at Griffin Studios in the firm’s Costa Mesa, California headquarters, one on Wednesday March 27 and one on Thursday March 28. Both sessions offer diverse rarities drawn together from multiple areas of interest.

Session 6 begins with offerings from the Colonial-era up through the American Civil War. Obsolete selections drawn from the Caine Collection offer a multitude of proofs and issued notes that are seldom encountered at auction. A scarce and visually stunning Continental issue of May 10, 1775 $20 CC-9 graded PCGS Banknote Very Fine 30, printed on marbled polychrome paper supplied by Benjamin Franklin and featuring vignettes adapted from those drawn from his own hand highlights the Colonial-era and Continental notes. The Wednesday session will be rounded out by a geographically diverse assortment of National Bank Notes highlighted by a pair of exceptional offerings. The first, a 1902 $20 Plain Back from the National Bank of Sylvania, Georgia graded PMG Very Fine 25, is only the third note recorded on this extremely rare Screven County charter along Georgia’s border with South Carolina. The second, a Serial Number 1 Circus Poster 1882 $5 Brown Back from the Northern National Bank of Ashland, Wisconsin graded PMG Extremely Fine 40, presents another rare opportunity.

Topping the rarities offered in Session 10 on Thursday is a rare uncut sheet of Fr. 226 1899 $1 Silver Certificates graded PMG Choice Uncirculated 64. This sheet, featuring serial numbers 9 through 12, was among the first produced by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing displaying the iconic Black Eagle vignette at center. Unlike so many comparable sheets from the period, this example does not suffer from the effects of improper storage and handling, as confirmed by the grade assigned by PMG. A true survivor, this item is a memorable offering in a sale stacked with an assortment of comparable rarities.

Offering advanced collectors the opportunity to acquire two extremely prized rarities, Session 10 includes a Fr. 328 1880 $50 Silver Certificate of Deposit graded PMG Very Fine 30 and a Fr. 377 “Baby Watermelon” $100 Treasury Note graded PCGS Banknote About Uncirculated 50 Details.

Near the end of the impressive assemblage in Session 10 are found three high denomination rarities: a Fr. 2231-B 1934 LGS $10,000 Federal Reserve Note from the iconic Binion Horseshoe Display and graded PCGS Banknote Choice Uncirculated 64, a Fr. 2406 1928 $500 Gold Certificate graded PCGS Banknote About Uncirculated 50 and a Fr. 2408 1928 $1000 Gold Certificate graded PMG Extremely Fine 40.

The entire Spring 2024 Showcase Auction is now available for viewing and pre-sale bidding at StacksBowers.com. For questions about the Spring 2024 Showcase auction or to consign your collection to a future sale, please contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries today by emailing Consign@StacksBowers.com or calling 800-458-4646.

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 90-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection, The Sydney F. Martin Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Salton Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. 

The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, with galleries in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Offices are also located in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Hong Kong, Paris and Vancouver. Stack’s Bowers Galleries hosts an annual Global Showcase in August featuring United States coins and currency, Ancient coins and World coins and currency in its Costa Mesa auction gallery. They are also the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic events, including the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, the Spring and Fall Hong Kong shows, and the Maastricht Paper Money Shows. 

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