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    Serial Number 5 1891 Tombstone Note

    Fr. 298 $10 1891 Silver Certificate PCGS New 62.
    This note debuted in our 2010 Central States auction where it was cataloged: "This serial number E5 was from a small group of single-digit Tombstones put away at the time of issue. Eight of the nine potential single-digits are known in varying grades from 50 to 67. This 62 falls right in the middle. There is a handling mark at the top center of the note, which appears to be all that has held it from the Gem grade." Two of the eight single digit examples are in museum or government collections, and two of the others have not appeared on the market for twenty years or more. Of the four that have appeared, the Gem E1 example has not reappeared since we sold it back in 2000 for $110,000 and the Gem E8 has not been on the market since we sold it for $69,000 in 2006. The E4 (also a Gem) fetched $28,750 in 2009, leaving this E5 specimen as the only affordable single digit note likely to be available in the foreseeable future.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2014
    6th Wednesday
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