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    Very Rare Fr. 307 Triple-Signature $20 1878 Decatur Note

    Fr. 307 $20 1878 Silver Certificate PCGS Apparent Very Fine 20.
    An important Friedberg number that is infrequently cataloged for public auction. This beautiful design type exhibits the portrait of Stephen Decatur at the right engraved by Charles Schlecht. Decatur distinguished himself during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812; he was the youngest to attain the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy, later rising to Commodore. Following a duel at age 41, he died a tragic death. This Silver Certificate is a significant sole Friedberg number type. It is an important example of the rarest $20 1878 type with the engraved countersignature of the assistant treasurer, A.U. Wyman, at the left; only Fr. 306b has the penned third signature. The Stephen Decatur portrait face plate has a large red treasury seal with a sizeable TWENTY below. At top center, across the seal, are the words "at Washington, D. C." There are 16 recorded notes on Track & Price. This example has appeared at auction several times in the past quarter-century, but not since 2011. "Minor Restorations" are cited by PCGS. Bold and attractive, without the often-encountered oxidation on the back due to the ink used. Mike acquired this note privately in 2017. Prior pedigrees: our 2011 FUN sale, lot 16895; our 2006 FUN sale, lot 17661; our 2004 Long Beach sale, lot 16673; Christie's, September 1994, lot 26. An important opportunity to attain this rarely encountered type.
    From The Mike Coltrane Collection.

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    24th-25th Thursday-Friday
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