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    Providence, RI- Atlas Bank $1 Aug. 10, 1854 G2a Durand 990 PCGS Fine 12.
    Issued notes from the Atlas Bank are rare and, they are justifiably coveted due to the Santa Claus vignette appearing on the $1 denomination. The original plate for the series was engraved by Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson/New England Bank Note Co. This is an earlier dated note and the plate has no added ABNCo monogram as observed on the Durand Collection we auctioned at the 2012 FUN Currency Signature Auction. Looking back cautiously, the winged cherub at top rolls an 1854 Seated Liberty dollar that is just about his size. At lower left, a cherub is incorporated into a gushing fountain. The oval at the lower right corner encloses the Durand Type II Santa Claus vignette (whether the art is by Rawdon, Hatch or James Major is not established). The whimsical scene shows Santa Claus with a present-filled sack. With his back to us, he turns his head as if interrupted while filling stockings, and makes the famous gesture of "laying his finger aside of his nose," as in the poem by Clement Clark Moore. A cat stands by aloofly. With a red protector ONE. This example has the low serial number 24, and the variant was not in the Roger H. Durand collection. His collection note, cited earlier, realized $5,463 graded PCGS Very Good 8. This ex Newman Collection note shows the typical "New England" trimming, but is very attractive. This is a perfect representative of the Type II "Santa" notes, which are always difficult to obtain.


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