The select and relatively small roster of United States paper money
auctioneers was reduced by one with the announcement Feb. 2 that
Stack’s Bowers Galleries purchased the assets of Manifest Auctions of
Manning Garrett, founder and president of Manifest, will join
Stacks’ Bowers. Garrett said that Manifest’s consignors will benefit
from the larger collector base now available to them and from better
public exposure, such as at the thrice yearly Whitman Baltimore Expo.
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Brian Kendrella, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, said: “Under
the leadership of Manning Garrett, Manifest Auctions has grown into
one of the pre-eminent auction houses of rare paper money. The
opportunity to acquire Manifest and bring Manning Garrett to the
Stack’s Bowers Galleries team aligns with our expansion plans, not
only by increasing our offerings of rare notes for auction, but by
adding one of the leading paper money authorities and numismatic
entrepreneurs to our roster of unparalleled experts.”
“The acquisition of Manifest Auctions by Stack’s Bowers Galleries is
a natural fit,” Garrett said. “Long term, I am excited to join the
impressive Stack’s Bowers team and help to build upon their legendary
numismatic auction history.”
All of the current numismatic and currency consignments to
Manifest’s Winter Auction, which was originally scheduled for the end
of February, will be offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March
Baltimore auction, held March 30 to April 1, 2016.
The firm says that the highlights include five lots of large-size
national bank notes with either serial number 1 or 2.
The number 2 notes are a Red Seal $10 note from the Piedmont First
National Bank (Alabama) and a Series 1882 Brown Back $5 note from the
First National Bank of Marshall (Missouri).
The number 1 lots include two Series 1882 Brown Back $5 notes — one
from the First National Bank of Fernandina (Florida) and the other
from the Farmers National Bank of Lebanon (Kentucky). The third is a
Series 1902 Plain Back $10-$10-$10-$20 sheet of four notes issued by
the Security National Bank of West Minneapolis (Minnesota).
Probably the highest yielding of the Manifest lots will be a
Friedberg 2231-B Series 1934 $10,000 Federal Reserve note graded PCGS
Currency Choice New 64 Apparent from the Las Vegas Binion Hoard.