A $3 proof for the Knickerbocker Bank of the City of New York, will
be offered by Stack's Bowers in its Aug. 7 auction during the American
Numismatic Association World Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill.
The note, graded Choice Uncirculated by the auction firm is a
classic acquisition for a New Yorker or anyone who enjoys history — a
rare $3 proof for the Knickerbocker Bank of the City of New York.
Knickerbocker is a nickname traced back to the early Dutch settlers of
New Netherlands, later New York City.
The piece is considered to be the “highlight of the [Peter] Mayer
Collection of proofs contained in this 2014 ANA sale,” according to
the catalog description.
The large vignette in the center was custom designed for the bank
and shows the High Bridge, later known as the Aqueduct Bridge, over
the Harlem River connecting the Manhattan and Bronx boroughs. At right
is an artist’s interpretation of “Father Knickerbocker.”
This piece was once part of the John J. Ford Jr. Collection (where
it was part of a partial sheet proof with $1, $2 and $3 notes). It has
an estimate of between $8,000 to $12,000.