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    Bold Howard Banking Co. $5 "Santa" Note

    Boston, MA - Howard Banking Co. $5 Aug. 23, 1858 Contemporary Counterfeit MA-246 C8a. PCGS Very Fine 30.
    This is a famous "Santa" vignetted type and generally encountered in low grade. It is a crisp and bright note. The counterfeit plate was a well-made imitation of the Rawdon, Wright Hatch & Edson/New England Bank Note Co. genuine plate, and the note would have been deceptive. At the top center is the Durand Type I Santa Claus vignette, with the original engraver's art not fully attributed. According to Durand's research, it may have been Freeman Rawdon, George W. Hatch, or James P. Major. St. Nick is seated in his sleigh upon a rooftop while the reindeer take flight. The moonlit scene is very detailed, with the white smoke wafting from St. Nick's pipe leading the viewer's eye to a toy horse topping the basket of presents on the sleigh. A profile portrait of John Howard is at the upper left. A large and ornate "5" at the right end shows five allegorical females. A red protector FIVE is at bottom center. Most known notes are low grade or worse, ink stamped as "Worthless" across the vignette. This is a crisp and sharp note, but the lower right margin line crosses the frame line at the far right.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

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