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    Saint Louis, MO - $5 1882 Brown Back Fr. 474 The NB of Commerce Ch. # (M)4178
    A blazingly original $5 Brown Back with embossing that can be seen right through the PCGS holder. With just a hair more top margin on the reverse, this would easily qualify for the Gem designation. The state seal used on the reverse is identical in most respects to the seal adopted by the state in 1822, the year after Missouri joined the Union. A pair of rather harmless looking bears supports an elliptical shield containing an eagle, another bear (this said to represent the resources of the state and juxtaposed with the American eagle), and a crescent, either a device inserted by a crafty Muslim or, as indicated by the official state website, "The crescent symbolizes Missouri at the time of the state seal's creation, a state of small population and wealth which would increase like the new or crescent moon; it also symbolizes the 'second son', meaning Missouri was the second state formed out of the Louisiana Territory". The motto Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto, which means, "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law", is found on a streamer placed just below the shield. Very Choice New 64PPQ.
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    January, 2013
    9th-14th Wednesday-Monday
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