The Type Not Confirmed by Wolka or Haxby

    Steubenville, OH - Farmers & Mechanicks Bank of Steubenville $5 May 1, 1816 OH-405 (G12 or S5) UNL, Wolka 2478-12. PCGS Very Fine 25 Apparent.
    The mystery notes in the Newman Collection continue. One set of facts collides with the empirical evidence of the actual note. This bank opened in 1818, but this first series note is dated 1816. The title spelling is acceptable as "Mechanicks" was sometimes used. The Wolka listing is unconfirmed and he states it might be 2478-11, citing the proof from the 1990 American Bank Note sale (that had no imprint, but the other sheet in the lot also had no imprint for the next series). This note has a Tanner, Kearney & Tiebout imprint. A seated sea goddess is in her shell chariot, with the city behind. Ornate ends show "JEFFERSON COUNTY" at left and "OHIO" in center, between corner counters. The printing has enough professionalism for us to lean towards genuine, but the date of the note is fascinating. Noted as "Stained," which consists of some mottling that is seen more so from the back. Another interesting type from the Newman Collection.
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    Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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