Fr. 1218e 1882 $1000 Gold One of Four Known-Likely Unique in Private HandsFr. 1218e $1000 1882 Gold Certificate PCGS Apparent Very Fine 35.
The second of the three spectacular 1882 Gold Thousands to have surfaced last Spring. The appearance of this note raises the census from three to four. Two of the three previously known notes reside in Federal Reserve Banks, a Fine in the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and an Extra Fine in the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Needless to say, both of those notes are permanently impounded. The final note of the previously three known presents an interesting mystery. It was the plate note in the early editions of the Friedberg catalog and bears serial number C24623. No one knows the origin of the photograph and it appears to have never been seen by any living collector or dealer. At the Memphis show this year, Heritage distributed a "Wanted" poster with a picture of that note offering a nice grade small size $500 to anyone coming forward with the current whereabouts of the Friedberg plate note. Arthur Friedberg, the son of the original author, Robert Friedberg, has no idea where his dad obtained the photo. None of the various currency population report owners have any idea of its whereabouts and a collector friend with close ties to all the major government institutions has been unable to locate the note or any information about it. No one has come forward with even a hint of its whereabouts in the past seven months and we feel quite confident in referring to this present offering as "Unique In Private Hands." The reward remains in effect up to the date of the auction and we will be happy to announce it at the sale should anyone come forward. The currently offered newly discovered piece is a beauty, with broad even margins, bright white paper, and wonderfully fresh ink colors on both sides. It is one of only ten 1882 Thousand Dollar Golds of all varieties available to private collectors and we firmly believe it to be the only privately held example of a Fr. 1218e. PCGS has assigned the Apparent grade for "Minor Restorations" which we are unable to see through the holder.
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