Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice
IMPORTANT: In-person floor bidding is temporarily suspended. See details including all options for bidding remotely (we remain open for other auction business though, so call for an appointment).


    Highest Grade Fr. 181 to be Offered in Nearly a Decade

    Fr. 181 $100 1880 Legal Tender PCGS Very Fine 35PPQ.
    This design type is spread over 11 different Friedberg numbers, with a total for all of just over 100 pieces, including those in government or institutional hands. Lincoln is seen at left and allegorical Architecture at right. The Fr. 181 is by far the most common number, with 46 examples listed in Track & Price, making it the ideal note to represent this rare type. Even that figure, however, is somewhat deceptive, as seven of that number reside in museums or other institutional or government holdings. This is the highest grade Fr. 181 to appear at auction in the last eight years, with the last comparable specimen, graded Very Fine 30, selling for $22,800 in 2018. The currently offered note is considerably nicer, grading five points higher and carrying the PPQ designation as well. While long listed in the census (as Extremely Fine), it has no prior auction record and was obtained by our consignor in a private transaction three decades ago.
    From the Coral Gables Collection, Part II

    View all of [The Coral Gables Collection, Part II b ]

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2020
    8th-14th Wednesday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 240

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 14 days left to consign to the 2020 August 4 - 10 ANA Worlds' Fair of Money World Paper Money Signature Auction - Pittsburgh!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I think heritage is the best auction house and has the best service - that’s why I use you. 
    Sara B.,
    Dubai, UAE
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search