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    Large "a" on Face Fessenden Note

    Fr. 1296 25¢ Third Issue PCGS Choice New 63PPQ.
    This is the rare variety with the extremely large lower-case letter "a" 7mm to the lower right of its normal position. This unusual size and placement occurred only on plate #144, which was one of 90 face plates used for this issue. This information was originally published in Paper Money Magazine volume 11, #2, page 80, in 1972. When Milt Friedberg's Encyclopedia was published in 1978, only three pieces were known. That census has grown considerably in the intervening years, and the current count is right around twelve. (The Pop reports show fifteen examples, but there is no doubt some duplication.) A number of the pieces are very nice, and this is one of them. It's incredibly bright, with reflective bronze, deep original embossing, and perfect back centering. The face centering is less than perfect. The left margins are huge and include the embossing of the plate edge. The right margin is far smaller, but well clear of the frame line. This gorgeous note is from the Boyd holdings as evidenced by the pencil notation seen on back. The most recent example sold by us was a PCGS Very Choice New 64PPQ that realized $5,520 in our 2019 Central States sale. We would not expect much less this evening.

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    September, 2020
    17th-21st Thursday-Monday
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