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    Possibly Finest Known Large Red Seal 1880 Ten Dollar Silver

    Fr. 290 $10 1880 Silver Certificate Choice About New. This Fr. 290 is one of this cataloger's favorite pieces from the Trask Collection. Of the roughly 40 examples known, only two grade higher than this piece. The ex-Bebee note in the ANA museum is reported as being uncirculated, and the note from the Shiva Collection is also reported as uncirculated. This note, with its strictly original paper surfaces, huge margins and absolutely ideal color has the visual impact of a perfect Gem. It has one extremely light fold to the right of center that is visible only on the closest of inspections. The original embossing is remarkably deep and easily seen, and the note, in spite of its single light fold, is certainly in the running for the finest known example of its number. This 1880 Silver Certificate, with the large red seal in the center of the note, is a one-number type that is absent from virtually all collections. As with most notes from the Trask Collection, it is previously unreported, and it has resided in this one collection for over fifty years. There are rarer and more valuable notes in the Trask Collection, but this piece has a magnetic appeal that makes it the favored note of this cataloger. If you want a Fr. 290 for your collection, or if you are simply looking to put away a great Type Note, try and bring this one home. You're unlikely to ever see a better example. CAA has handled only five Fr. 290's, the nicest of which was an Extra Fine, which realized $17,600 in September 2000. This spectacular note should do far better.
    From the collection of Malcolm A. Trask.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2005
    13th-15th Thursday-Saturday
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