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    Rare Small Perforation Friedberg 1310a

    Fr. 1310a 50¢ First Issue PCGS Choice About New 55PPQ.
    PCGS has erroneously holdered this as a Friedberg 1310, and will happily re-holder it properly as a 1310a at no cost to the buyer. This is the extremely rare perforated 14 variety. Perforated 14 refers to the number of perforations per 20mm of edge length. The normal perforations on First Issue Notes are larger: perf. 12, or 12 perforations per 20mm of edge length. The generally accepted history of these more-tightly perforated notes is that they were conjured-up from two imperforated sheets by dealer Harlan P. Smith around 1890. Although there is no documentary evidence, there is considerable circumstantial evidence that Smith perforated these sheets himself. As Blake, Valentine, Limpert and Rothert listed this variety as genuine, it remains highly desirable and collectible in spite of its almost certainly private production. We have sold most all of the known notes of this variety over the years, but apparently not this one as we cannot find it in our archive. It is quite possible it was handled by the old pre-Heritage CAA, when stone tablets were in vogue and not computers, as it does look familiar. There is a single light fold that holds the note away from the Choice New grade, but that is more than cancelled out by the very large selvage area at the bottom outside of the perforations.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2017
    4th-10th Wednesday-Tuesday
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