Two extremely rare high-denomination bank notes issued in Malaya and British Borneo in 1953 will be among the rarities in an auction sale of paper money, coins, medals, and tokens being held by Dix Noonan Webb in London from Dec. 7 to 9.
The featured Uncirculated Series 1875 $5 national bank note from the First National Bank of Colorado Springs, Colo., Territory (Friedberg 401) sold for $56,160 including the 17 percent buyer's fee.
A 100-gulden note of Aug. 1, 1914, sold for 92,000 Swiss francs or $96,325 including the 15 percent buyer’s fee, virtually doubling the previous record for a Netherlands bank note. The note was offered by Sincona in Zürich Oct. 14,
The Nov. 18 to 22 Lyn Knight Currency Auctions sale at the Professional Currency Dealers Association show will have a sampling of high-quality large-size type notes, with none more important than a $1,000 gold certificate in PCGS Currency About Uncirculated 55.
Freedom had barely been won when Federalists in Congress passed the Sedition Act of 1798, essentially making it a crime to criticize the government or politicians. Running afoul of the law were Benjamin Franklin Bache and Judah P. Spooner.
After Franklin, the most famous printer of paper money was silversmith, engraver and patriot Paul Revere. A member of the Sons of Liberty, Revere agitated for freedom, participated in the Boston Tea Party and served as an officer in the state militia. And then there was that famous ride.
Benjamin Edes and John Gill were proprietors of The Boston Gazette, and the Country Journal, the nerve center of the Boston Radicals from 1764 to the Revolution. The Radicals, led by patriot Samuel Adams, railed against British excesses and agitated for freedom in the years before the Revolution. Both Edes and Gill printed paper money.
The world of Hollywood offers many glamorous signed note options, including multi-signed notes that are coveted by entertainment memorabilia collectors. Heritage sold a Series 1934C $5 silver certificate signed from the set of the James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor 1956 movie Giant. Beyond Taylor and Dean, it was also signed by Sal Mineo, Chill Wills, Carroll Baker, and Paul...
While the treasurer and Treasury secretaries are known to numismatists, some notes carry signatures from those who have achieved more mainstream recognition. In U.S. Colonial times, notes were hand signed. As Dustin Johnson, director of currency at Heritage Auctions shared, a number of signers of the Declaration of Independence also signed Colonial currency at...
John Dunlap printed the first copies of the Declaration of Independence. Less well-known, though, is the paper money Dunlap printed for Pennsylvania in 1777, 1780 and 1781 and for Virginia in 1781.