A bit of history with a connection to the 1968 novel True Grit by Charles Portis, sold for $54 during the Jan. 13
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction by Heritage Auctions.
The 50-cent obsolete remainder note was printed for the J.J.
McAlester General Store in the Indian Territory (later, Oklahoma). The auction
company graded the note Choice Crisp Uncirculated.
According to the auction catalog description, James Jackson
McAlester “was a Confederate States of America soldier, businessman,
merchant and U.S. Marshall in the Indian Territory in Oklahoma and the
second lieutenant governor of Oklahoma. He formed McAlester Coal
Mining Co. and paid his miners in the 1890s at least partially with
this scrip that could only be redeemed at the store that he owned.”
McAlester also founded the Oklahoma town named after him.
His store was the basis for the one visited by U.S. Marshall Rooster
Cogburn in the Portis novel and the 1969 movie starring John Wayne, Glen Campbell
and Kim Darby, as well as the 2010 movie version. The site of the
original store is now J.J. McAlester’s Antiques.