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    Fr. 165b 1862 $100 Spread Eagle - The Only Example Graded By Either Service

    Fr. 165b $100 1862 Legal Tender PCGS Very Fine 25 Apparent.
    A pleasing "Spread Eagle" Hundred, one of the classic rarities for U.S. large size type notes. Track & Price indicates a total of 25 pieces known for all three minor varieties, 14 for Fr. 165 and 11 for 165a. PCGS has graded nine Spread Eagle Hundreds, three Fr. 165s, five 165a's and this lone 165b. PMG has graded five Spread Eagle Hundreds, three 165s and two 165a examples. Those collecting by Friedberg number should note that this is the only 165b graded to date by either grading service. In spite of its Apparent designation, which has been assigned for "Edge Splits and Minor Damage," it remains the lone example of the Friedberg number graded by both of the services. Type collectors will also find this Spread Eagle Hundred of great interest. As a type, this note is so rare that the minor varieties add little premium, though this 165b is most certainly the rarest of the three. None of the "splits and damage" mentioned by PCGS appears significant, and they are typical for all denominations of these early Legal issues since the very thin paper had a tendency to chip and split at the edges. It is believed that the appearance of the American eagle on this note was its first use on Federal Currency.

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    April, 2015
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