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    Little Rock, AR- Corporation of Little Rock $1 April 9, 1841 Rothert 423-3
    An excessively rare note which may be one of the "Trowbridge counterfeits," a convoluted story wherein Samuel G. Trowbridge, then serving as mayor of the city of Little Rock, was head of a criminal gang which not only counterfeited the 1841 Corporation of Little Rock notes but had produced base metal "gold" and "silver" coins and were implicated in a robbery of a local jewelry store. Trowbridge was convicted in 1843 and sentenced to 21 years in prison. Soon after he began serving his sentence, the prison caught fire and Trowbridge became a hero by fighting the fire and preventing other prisoners from escaping. His sentence was commuted to five years, and after being paroled he left immediately for the Republic of Texas, and never returned to Arkansas. Rothert lists no number for counterfeits, but this piece, which grades Fine-Very Fine, certainly appears suspect. It serves as the Rothert plate note as well, appearing on page 175 of his book.

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    January, 2010
    7th-11th Thursday-Monday
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