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    Washington, IL- Prairie State Bank $3 185_ G4 Proof PMG Choice Uncirculated 63.
    The Prairie State Bank operated as a Free Bank from 1852 until it failed in 1861, not having the wherewithal to survive the financial storms associated with the beginning of the Civil War. It had company; ninety Illinois Free Banks failed or were forced to close in 1861. Corner vignettes of Ceres and Commerce flank three cherubs cavorting in a large 3 at center. The note is printed on India paper with the usual small POCs in the signature lines. PMG notes the two stamp hinge remnants on the back (which suggest a provenance possibly as far back as D.C. Wismer in the 1930s). The proof was known to Haxby and illustrated in his 1988 catalog although the bank was not represented in the 1990 ABNCo Archives sale. We are unaware of any public auction appearances in at least the last decade and are confident that this note is likely unique or nearly so.
    From the Charles R. Pease, Jr. Collection

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    March, 2020
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