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    Rare and Unusual Fr. 809a $5 1918 San Francisco FRBN

    Fr. 809a $5 1918 Federal Reserve Bank Note PMG Very Fine 30.
    The Fr. 809a is considered an anomaly among San Francisco $5 Federal Reserve Bank Notes. It is the only Friedberg "a" designated note in the $5 series. All other San Francisco FRBNs bear a face plate date of May 20, 1914, rather than the standard May 18, 1914, used on the notes of all other districts as well as on the Fr. 809a notes. Chambliss lists this variant a #1511 in his book, prior to the Fr. 809 notes (#1512). In reality, Fr. 808 and Fr. 809 are the exceptions. Because this plate date difference was discovered after the publication of the initial Friedberg volume (and because Fr. 810 had already been allocated to a $10 note), Fr. 809a was assigned. Track & Price currently records 22 Fr. 809a notes in all grades. However, their census is a work in progress since antique auctions do not necessarily differentiate between the face plate dates; some Fr. 809 notes may be 809a and vice-versa. A bright and well-margined example with only light wear. This note would pair up with the prior example to form a powerful and well-matched set.
    From The Mike Coltrane Collection.

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