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    Sheriff Bullock Signed Territorial 1875 $5

    Deadwood, Territory of Dakota- $5 1875 Fr. 404 The Merchants NB Ch. # 2461
    The town of Deadwood has a reputation that precedes itself. This dusty town in the Black Hills of the Territory of Dakota had residents that included Wyatt and Virgil Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and others. One of the lesser-known, but still very influential citizens of Deadwood was Seth Bullock. Shortly after Hickok's death, he was appointed sheriff after citizens demanded law and order. Bullock moved from Montana, where he was a businessman and territorial senator. He quickly established himself in Deadwood by setting up a hardware store and later a hotel. His role in Deadwood as businessman and sheriff was portrayed by Timothy Olyphant in the acclaimed HBO series Deadwood. His roles in Deadwood business and politics were numerous, but one of Bullocks lesser known roles may have been lost to history, were it not for the existence of this note. He served as vice president for the Merchants National Bank. It was common practice for notes issued by National Banks to be signed by the cashier and president, but in rare circumstances, vice presidents and assistant cashiers signed the notes being issued. The note here boasts the signature of Seth Bullock as Vice President. Though four notes are listed from this bank, two listings with this serial number are recorded, one for a territorial note, and one for a state note. Since they are listed with the same serial number we can assume they are the same note. Of the three known notes, one other note also bears his signature. That note, listed in the census as Good-Very Good, is the only other note to appear at auction and when it was sold back in 1999 it realized $10,450. The piece offered here boasts a bright red seal and serial numbers and a much better appearance than the note sold nearly a decade ago. PMG Very Fine 20.




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