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    Boston, MA- The Howard Bank $5 C8a
    A far above average example of this much sought after note which displays the famous "Santa" vignette and is generally encountered in low grade. It is a crisp and bright note. The counterfeit plate was a well-made imitation of the Rawdon, Wright Hatch & Edson/New England Bank Note Co. genuine plate, and the note would have been quite deceptive. At the top center is the Durand Type I Santa Claus vignette, with the original engraver's art not fully attributed. According to Durand's research, it may have been Freeman Rawdon, George W. Hatch, or James P. Major. St. Nick is seated in his sleigh upon a rooftop while the reindeer take flight. The moonlit scene is very detailed, with the white smoke wafting from St. Nick's pipe leading the viewer's eye to a toy horse topping the basket of presents on the
    sleigh. A profile portrait of John Howard is at the upper left. A large and ornate "5" at the right end shows five allegorical females. A red protector FIVE is at bottom center. Most known notes are low grade or worse, ink stamped as "Worthless" across the vignette. This is a crisp and sharp note, but the lower right margin line crosses the frame line at the far right. PCGS Very Fine 30, an easy four figure obsolete note.

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    Apr-May, 2016
    27th-2nd Wednesday-Monday
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