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    Extremely Rare Written-Denomination Post Note

    St. Louis, Missouri Territ'y - Bank of St. Louis (1st) $10 (Written) Post Note April 8, 1817 MO-45 G28. PCGS Very Fine 25 Apparent.
    A serene-looking rarity with great charm and local historical context. It is extremely rare and fully issued. This post note type, with written denomination, is referred to in Wismer (W-31) and Haxby as a proof only, but not illustrated. Printed on red fiber banknote paper by Leney & Rollinson; the proof type was not in their archive book. A quaint vignette at top center shows a man in a horse-drawn sulky (Wismer description) blowing a post horn. Obligations are across with lines for filling in pertinent information. The top has a die for the written denomination, and printed "No." for the serial number flanking the vignette. Fine moiré ends show POST NOTE in the left cartouche and BANK of St. LOUIS at the right. Plate A. No. 134. Signed by John B. N. Smith as cashier and S. Hammond as bank president. This was issued to (Captain) Stephen Rector, likely a family member of Elias Rector, the postmaster who succeeded Aaron T. Crane. The Rector family was active in Missouri politics, and Stephen ran unsuccessfully for the legislature in 1822. No post note days are written, but the note was payable at "their banking house in St. Louis." Noted with a "Missing LR Corner." Though the piece off is sizable, this is the only example we have seen. The listed proof's location is unknown. This might be a unique issued note, and will be highly important to specialists.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

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    November, 2017
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