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    Likely Unique 1817 St. Louis Drug & Medicine Store Scrip Note

    St. Louis, (M.T.) - Robert Simpson - St. Louis Drug & Medicine Store 50 Cents April 1, 1817. PCGS Very Fine 20 Apparent.
    Another historic Missouri currency note and extremely early private scrip. It is the only example observed by us and is likely unique. The style of this type is different from the Robert Simpson Post-Office note. Printed on white rag paper, without imprint. In a wider format than the previous, but the style of printing indicates both were printed in the same shop. Top and bottom borders enclose the central vignette of an eagle and shield with "PLURIBUS E UNUM" banner. This bisects the four lines of text with the note payable "... in current bank notes ... at the St. Louis Drug & Medicine store." End panels are also styled similarly, but with the location moved to the left cartouche and the denomination (FIFTY CENTS) moved to the right. The printed date is at the lower left, and "50 C." at the upper right. Hand signed by R. Simpson, with the first two letters a bit blurred. An extraordinary piece with ample paper body and printing clarity. Noted with "Minor Mounting Remnants on Back." A charming rarity of enormous importance to specialists. This will pair admirably with the previous April 1, 1817, Simpson Post-Master note in the next cabinet it graces.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
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