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    One of Only Three $20 Brown Backs Known

    Little Rock, AR - $20 1882 Brown Back Fr. 494 The Exchange NB Ch. # 3300
    An excessively rare type and denomination from this state, where the current National Bank Note census reports only two such examples. While well circulated, this example displays no defects other than honest wear, which accounts for its PCGS Very Good 8 designation. Although Arkansas joined the Union in 1836, the official state seal was not adopted until 1864. The seal displayed on the back of this and all Arkansas First Charters and Brown Backs differs considerably from the official state seal, which depicts both an angel of mercy and a sword of justice. Both features are conspicuously absent for the seal used on the notes, which portrays a shield with a steamboat across the top third, a plow in the left portion of the second third, and a beehive in the right portion. The shield is supported by two large eagles, while atop the shield is Liberty with a wreath in her left hand and a liberty pole and cap in her right.
    From The State Seal Collection

    More information about Arkansas National Bank Notes.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2013
    9th-14th Wednesday-Monday
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