Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Attractive St. Louis Lazy Deuce

    Saint Louis, MO - $2 Original Fr. 387b The St. Louis NB Ch. # 1112 PCGS Very Fine 25.
    This is an attractive and well-balanced St. Louis NB "Lazy Deuce" and the first we have cataloged for sale. It is also one of the most popular Federal note types. The notes were given their "Lazy Deuce" nickname due to the fact that the "2" is positioned horizontally rather than vertically. The layout of the $2 National Bank Notes is exceptional. Stars and Stripes, the vignette at left was the work of Engraver Luigi (Louis) Delnoce, a student of John W. Casilear. The vignette at center on the back, also engraved by Delnoce, is Sir Walter Raleigh Presenting Corn and Tobacco to the English (there are several variations of the title). Another interesting aspect of the design of the notes is that the state or territorial seal of the issuing bank was included within an oval frame on the back at left. First Charters and Brown Backs only were issued from this scarce St. Louis bank which liquidated in 1899. There are only two $2 notes on the current census, and this lovely Original Series Deuce is considerably nicer than the other. It is a bright and attractive note with ample margins and pleasing color.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    1st-2nd Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 19
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 517

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

    Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    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
    Consign to the 2019 December 4 - 6 HKINF World Currency Signature Auction - Hong Kong.

    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

    Recent auctions

    2019 June 26-28 HKINF World Paper Money Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    2019 June 26-28 HKINF World Paper Money Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    REALIZED $2,686,315