One of only five known examples of a Series 1882 $50 gold
certificate will be offered at the Heritage Long Beach Signature
Currency Auction during the Sept. 7 to 11 Long Beach Coin, Stamp and
Collectibles Expo in Long Beach, Calif.
The note, cataloged as Friedberg 1190 in Paper Money of the
United States by Arthur L. Friedberg and Ira S. Friedberg, was
graded by PCGS Currency as Fine 15.
The note is described by the cataloger as “well margined and
evenly circulated.” All known examples are circulated. The note bears
the facsimile signatures of Register of the Treasury B.K. Bruce and
Treasurer of the United States A.U. Wyman. The note includes the text,
“there have been deposited in the Treasury of the United States Fifty
Dollars in Gold Coin repayable to the bearer on demand.”
The notes also include a small eagle and shield design at the
lower right corner of the face. A different eagle and shield vignette
is found on the back.
The Series 1882 gold certificates “were the first to include the
$50 denomination. The design of the note includes a portrait of Silas
Wright, Jr. on the face. The engraver of the portrait was Charles Burt
and his work was based on a painting by Alonzo Chappell,” according to
Heritage paper money cataloger Kathy Lawrence. The consignment
deadline for this auction is July 23.
For more information about the auction or to consign, telephone
Heritage at (800) 872-6467, Ext. 1001. ■