Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Franklin-Associated Bank of North America "Marbled Back" Three Pence

    Pennsylvania Bank of North America August 6, 1789 3 Pence or $3/90 Fr. PA-274, Haxby PA-465 G16, Newman page 364. PCGS Choice New 63.
    The second denomination from this important series and issued by the first bank chartered by Congress. Like the penny, this three pence is distinctive and was essential in making change before the United States Mint commenced operations. This small typeset bill has ornate face borders and the engraved signature of Tench Francis in block letters. It was printed on white woven paper, but with a striking back showing polychrome marbling, a technique also used on the early French issue U.S. Loan certificates (Anderson-Smythe US-1). The James Whatman-made paper was brought back by Benjamin Franklin to his grandson's printing shop. Dual denominations show "Three Pence" and THREE/NINETIETHSofaDOLLAR. The ornate back has a framed pattern at the center surrounded by floral ornaments; the imprint reads: "Printed by B[enjamin]. F[ranklin]. BACHE." A superior example, and finer than the two previous Newman Collection examples we cataloged and sold. A full sheet margin is at the top; therefore, the beautiful polychrome marbling almost completely fills the back. An early American classic issued by a historic bank, and with an important Benjamin Franklin association.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

    Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Proxy Bidding Ends
    7th Wednesday 9:50 am CT
    Auction Dates
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
    Proxy Bidding Time Remaining
    21 Days 11h 53s
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: 9
    Page Views: 35

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    This lot is in: 1 - Heritage Signature® Auctions Floor Session (Live Floor, Live Phone, Mail, Fax, Internet, and Heritage Live):
    (Lots 20001-20206) - 10:00 AM Central Time, Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
    (Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session.)

    Show All Session Information

    Show Auction Type Info

    Exhibition Viewing Times, Title Page, Floor Session and License Information

    Additional Location Info:
    Heritage Auctions - Dallas
    3500 Maple Ave
    17th Floor
    Dallas, TX 75219

    Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
    Current Bid:
    Bid Protection
    w/ Buyer's Premium (BP) : $600.00 Minimum Next Bid: $550 ($660.00 w/ BP)
    Track Item