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    Fr. 1179 $20 1905 Gold Certificate Extremely Fine. This serial number 3 example has as bold as face colors of any Technicolor $20 we've ever handled. When we sold the serial number 1 note of this series, we heard repeated rumors of the existence of this number 3 note, but were unable to verify it. We were also told by several sources, again unverifiable, that the number 1 note had been presented to President Theodore Roosevelt. This note, and its accompanying paper work, recently surfaced in an antique auction in the Pacific Northwest, and proves these theories correct beyond any doubt. Handwritten on the envelope in obvious contemporary script, "Mr. Shaw, Secy. of Treasury during Theodore Roosevelt's Administration, gave to the President [Roosevelt] no. 1 of this series, no. 2 to himself & no. 3 to Gilbert G. Thorne of $20 Gold Notes issued at that time." In a different handwriting underneath is the notation "in safe deposit box." While the front of this note has spectacular original color, a few areas on the back have turned toward the golden brown color that is often seen on this series. The number 1 note was sold by us in May 2001 for $176,000. This note, while just as historically significant, will no doubt bring a bit less this evening.

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    January, 2005
    13th-15th Thursday-Saturday
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