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    Unique Williamsport Fr. 455 $100 1875 Series Note
    Ex: Grinnell Collection

    Williamsport, PA - $100 Original Fr. 455 The City National Bank Ch. # 2139 PMG Very Fine 30.
    A rare major Federal currency design type with approximately 80 examples confirmed from the relatively few banks that issued them in Original and 1875 series style. This is a key $100 note style and not often encountered at public auction. The face plate is once again spectacularly rendered. At the left is The Battle of Lake Erie as adapted from the W. H. Powell painting. The allegorical scene at the right is titled Union with the adjacent motto Maintain It. Within the green back frame is Declaration of Independence adapted from the iconic John Trumbull painting and engraved by Frederick Girsch. Mike acquired this privately in 2019, and to our knowledge it has never been cataloged since appearing in Barney Bluestone's 1945 Grinnell auction, lot 1187. It is recorded in the census, though its grade was listed higher than classified by PMG. That is an academic matter for a unique note and important major type. The bottom face margin is trimmed inwards slightly, while the corresponding margin on the back is tight, but essentially complete. Nice and bright overall on both sides. The green back is very sharp and in vastly superior condition to the few examples of this type cataloged in recent years. Noted with "Minor Restoration" by PMG that is not readily seen. Another impressive type that merits aggressive bidding.
    From The Mike Coltrane Collection.

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    November, 2020
    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
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