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    Rare Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad Co. $3 Note

    Dubuque, IA - Dubuque & Sioux City Rail Road Co. $3 (186?) Oakes 52-3. PCGS Fine 15 Apparent.
    This is a rare railroad company series issued from Dubuque and lithographed by Edward Mendel, Chicago. The note was GOOD FOR FREIGHT OR FARE as specified in the top border. Vignettes adapted from engraved Toppan, Carpenter & Co. Obsolete banknotes of the period include a surveying team working at the right end, under the curve of the long title, and a lower left corner vignette of seated America with eagle and globe. Inside the color frame is a "3" counter, and the upper left die has a color surround. This is a rare denomination and the signature combination is interesting as the note is signed by the "vice" president of the railroad as observed on the Oakes plate note. The date, which has faded, was written at the upper right diminutively and discretely. We have handled only three notes from the series, and one was damaged. The denomination was not in the Tom Flynn collection, a collector who strived to obtain all the rarities of Dubuque, his hometown. Flynn's $2 note, sold at our 2008 Long Beach Signature sale for $863, did not have the bright eye appeal of this rarer $3 denomination. Noted only with some "Small Repairs." Bold color and attractive rarity.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    21st-24th Wednesday-Saturday
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