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    Possibly Unique Bank of St. Louis (2nd) Kirksville Branch $20 Note

    Kirksville, MO - Bank of St. Louis (2nd), at their Bank at Kirksville $20 May 12, 1860 MO-50 UNL. PCGS Very Fine 20 Apparent.
    A great type rarity and a miracle of survival since most issued notes from the bank were redeemed, and $20 would have been a substantial sum at the time. The same design series as the Boonville $10 previous to this. Printed from the Danforth, Perkins & Co., New-York & Philada. plate (likely A-D positions) with the complete American Bank Note Company imprint. The full green tint plate shows an unusual pattern, and the white outlined areas contrast vividly with the background. The vignette at bottom center shows the rigors of farm life, with a boy leading the horse and the man behind working the plow. Children are in ovals below "20" counters. At left, two little ones try to protect their grapes from pesky insects (an unofficial title "Shunning the Bees" was created by American Bank Note Company marketing in the 1990s). At right, a girl holds a garment around her shoulders. The unusual full green tint snowflake pattern is seen only on this issuer. The title, protector and upper counters are outlined in white. Flanking the vignette are interlocked "20" dies with a floral pattern. This is a variant, Design 20Bb, with white signature spaces. Plate A. No. 628. Signed by cashier D. C. D. Van Arnam and president John J. Anderson at the center and S. Price as banking commissioner at left. Sterling Price, the previous governor from 1853 to 1857, was appointed banking commissioner from 1857-1861 by Governor Jackson. Price became a significant Confederate general in the Civil War Missouri theatre and relates to several other notes in the Newman Collection. A "Small Repaired Edge Tear at Right" and "Pinholes" are noted by PCGS. The color is vibrant and overall eye appeal is considerable. An unlisted type from the branch (would be Haxby MO-50 G44b) and unique to our knowledge.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society


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