Choice Grade Thorne's Bank $1 NoteHastings, MN - Thorne's Bank $1 Sept. 1, 1863 MN-45 G2A, Hewitt B180-D1. PCGS Very Fine 20.
The Thorne's Bank is a private banker title, most often seen on New York State notes. In this case, it was named for James L. Thorne, the bank president, signed by him at lower right and, to add to it all, shows his custom engraved portrait. The note is beautifully engraved and printed by the American Bank Note Co., N.Y. Above the title, a winged cherub is rolling an 1863 Seated Liberty silver dollar. A panoramic view of the town, railroad, river and grazing field is behind. In an oval frame at lower left, a girl cuddles puppies. At the lower left, Thorne's portrait. The green security back mimics the initial Federal Legal Tender notes with three large darker shaded dies. The center has the obligation "Secured by the Pledge of Public Stocks of the United States," which indicates this bank's soundness. James L. Thorne emigrated from England at age 20, settling first in Batavia, New York, then moving to Hastings in 1856. In addition to operating this bank, he also served as mayor. There were only $622 in notes left unredeemed in 1869, and the bank was succeeded by the Merchants National Bank of Hastings (charter #1538). The type is not rare now since a group of hole cancelled notes appeared some years back, but most are low grade. This is an outstanding example, with wide margins and vibrant back color. One of the finest known.
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