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    Iconic 1863 $100 Spread Eagle

    Fr. 167a $100 1863 Legal Tender PCGS Very Fine 30.
    The 100 Greatest American Currency Notes by Bowers and Sundman lists this design as one of the most popular and important on United States currency. Joseph P. Ourdan's engraving of the Spread Eagle perched atop a rock was very deliberate during a time of war, and no other note since so proudly displays UNITED STATES across the face. The issuance of currency by the Union during the Civil War was an act of war itself, a way to fund the fighting that took a heavy toll on the Treasury.

    Any offering of this iconic note is an auction highlight in itself. This example is as attractive as any for the grade, with a deeply printed eagle vignette, uninterrupted by folds. Some restorations are noted, but are common for this type as it has always been highly coveted by collectors and valuable. In its last appearance at auction in 2014, this piece topped the six figure mark, easily achievable again here this evening. A true highlight of the Art Davidson Collection that focused on $100 notes from the Colonial period through the 20th century.
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    Auction Dates
    August, 2018
    17th Friday
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