Stack’s Bowers Galleries to offer $2 ‘Santa’ note at Whitman
Baltimore Expo in June
Most collectors certainly enjoy seeing “Santa” notes and
odd-denomination notes any time.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries will auction a $2 obsolete note issued by a
Brunswick, Maine, bank at the June 26 to 29 Whitman Baltimore Summer
Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center.
The uniface note, issued by The Maine Bank (Brunswick), is dated
Oct. 1, 1862. It is graded Very Fine 20 by PCGS Currency. The note is
The uniface note features a scene at the far right of cattle, sheep,
pigs and a goat, grazing and resting in a field. A farmhouse can be
seen in the far background.
But the clear draw of a collector’s eye is in the upper center of
the note with a vignette of Santa Claus seated in a sleigh pulled by
This scene is one of seven vignettes found on rare obsolete notes
that depict the jolly old elf, with three considered very rare. The
note in the June auction depicts the most frequently encountered vignette.
“Santa Claus had become a symbol of charity and generosity so it
seems only natural that some bankers would take advantage of a
ready-made situation by placing vignettes of him on their bank notes,”
according to Interesting Notes About Christmas by Roger H. Durand.
The Maine bank was chartered by the state on April 14, 1857, and
closed its doors in 1864. Its directors and stockholders then voted to
reorganize and reincorporate into the First National Bank of Brunswick.
The note is estimated to bring $6,000 to $8,000. For more
information about the auction, telephone Stack’s Bowers Galleries at
800-458-4646 or 949-253-0916, or visit its website at www.stacksbowers.com.