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    Unique and Historically Important Boggy Depot, Western Arkansas Note

    Boggy Depot, (Choctaw Nation, I. T., Western Arkansas) - Reuben Wright 50 Cents Jan. 1, 1862 Burgett 2, Durand-UNL. PCGS Fine 15 Apparent.
    A historic and unique territorial period scrip that is arguably the greatest of all Oklahoma-Indian Nation notes. This is the Burgett Plate Note, and we have not seen another example from the series. The note is fascinating on several levels and expresses a rich narrative. This is the only scrip we have seen with the designation "Western Arkansas." The Confederate theatre during the Trans-Mississippi Department era crossed the borders of what would become several American states after the Civil War. Boggy Creek, a trading center and active community, was strategically located between the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations. The Choctaws, Chickasaws and the Confederacy made a treaty in July, 1861 that formed a district with Boggy Depot as the seat. The note itself is printed on brown rag paper and its overall style is similar to some Mayer Brothers notes from Arkansas. The upper left has the 50/100 fraction. Location and engraved date are at the upper right. The Gothic denomination "Fifty Cents in Merchandise" is across at top center, with the rest of the obligation beneath. Highlighted, toward the bottom, is the bolded CONFEDERATE NOTES, for which the notes could be redeemed. The note was not signed on the face, but the issuer name REUBEN WRIGHT appears at lower right in all capital letters. The most fascinating diagnostic of this note is that the end panels are formed by an interesting pattern. Perpendicular at the left is JEFF. DAVIS, /PRESIDENT and at the right, ALEX. H. STEPHENS, /VICE PRESIDENT. The patriotic reference to the Confederate Executive branch would certainly communicate loyalty. The blank back is countersigned by Reuben Wright. Wright was an important and wealthy man at the beginning of the War. A New Englander, he established the store at Old Boggy and accumulated much of his fortune in trading establishments located at Skullyville and Doaksville in the eastern part of the Choctaw Nation. He had a considerable gold stockpile from supplying the Chickasaw Nation with provisions for their academies. Since he was a "Yankee," the Confederates wanted him and his gold. He knew to leave promptly and return to the North. He hid the gold within layers of deerskins and headed overland, south to Galveston, with an armed guard where they ran the blockade successfully and he returned home. Noted with "Repairs; Pieces Replaced" and the "Burgett Plate Note" on the encapsulation. The overall appearance is superb and this is of the highest rarity, considered Unique. A museum piece and riveting Confederate era scrip note.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    21st-24th Wednesday-Saturday
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