Evenly Circulated Edward Everett $50 Black Back Silver Certificate
Fr. 328 $50 1880 Silver Certificate PMG Choice Fine 15.
One of only 26 examples listed in the Track & Price census, PMG has commented, "closed pinholes, trimmed." They are certainly right on the closed pinholes and the top margin does appear slightly trimmed although the margins remain generous on all four sides. An overall more pleasing example than the grade and comments would imply and a note that is seldom available at any grade level. Unknown to most Americans, the silver-tongued Everett was the principal speaker at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield cemetery in 1863. Everett was a professor of Greek at Harvard in his early twenties. He went on to serve as a Massachusetts Congressman and Senator, Governor of the state, U.S. ambassador and Secretary of State. He also was a vice presidential candidate in 1860 on the Constitutional Union ticket. His speech at Gettysburg lasted for over two hours, while Lincoln's remarks which followed took only two minutes. A PMG Fine 12 sold at the Memphis 2008 sale for $28,175. That was a slightly stronger market for low grade rarities, but we feel over the past ten years the market has recovered to just about the same point. This attractive for the grade major rarity could easily surpass $25,000.
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