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    Rare Large "a" Friedberg 1296

    Fr. 1296 25¢ Third Issue PCGS Gem New 65PPQ.
    At last September's Long Beach Sale, we sold another Friedberg 1296 graded one point lower. That example realized $5,170. We have never sold a 65 though we have sold two 67s, both of which have realized over $11,000. Our September description read, "This is the rare variety with the extremely large lowercase 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. A number of the pieces are very nice, and this is one of them. It is incredibly bright, with reflective bronze, deep original embossing, and near-perfect back centering. The face centering is less than perfect, with the left margins being huge and including the embossing of the plate edge. The right margin is far smaller but well clear of the frame line. A gorgeous note." Everything applies completely, save that this note has garnered an extra point and grades 65 PPQ.

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