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    Very Rare Southern Bank Branch Payable $1 Proof

    St. Louis, MO - Southern Bank of St. Louis, at their Bank in ___ $1 June 17, 1861 MO-55 G60a SENC. Proof. PCGS Choice About New 58 Apparent.
    Coincidently, the title for the Southern Bank of St. Louis is appropriate to some of its partner's sympathies to the Southern cause at the onset of the war. Its Independence branch, in the far west of the state, was in a heavily slaveholding territory. This Civil War series proof is from an unregistered series and did not require a bank commissioner signature. There are some faults, but this is a beautifully engraved India paper Proof from the American Bank Note Co., Philada. It has a vibrant green tint and a lovely layout. Charles K. Burt engraved the standing figure holding a torch at left known as "Intelligence." Another classically themed vignette, at upper right, displays allegorical Science flanked by denomination dies. And at lower right is Alfred Sealy's engraved vignette of a young woman, known as "The Bride." The bright green color is on the frame and lathe work protector across the center. Plate C. "Hole Punch Cancelled," as made, and noted with "Edge Damage at top; Hinges on Back." The three beautiful engravings give the note a serene, yet spirited appearance. This very rare proof was acquired directly from D. C. Wismer in 1939.
    Ex: D. C. Wismer, July 1939;Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

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