$10 1934 North Africa Star First Ever Public AppearanceFr. 2308* $10 1934 North Africa Star Silver Certificate. Very Fine+
Rarely in the small size collecting community is there a note that could create the excitement that accompanies the arrival of this newly discovered example. For decades the only known 1934 North Africa $10 star was the note long held in Jim Thompson's celebrated collection. This piece was the highlight of his small size holdings, and traded hands only after his untimely passing in 1998, when it sold privately for a price "in excess of $50,000," according to the Oakes catalogue. That piece now resides in the tightest of hands, and may not return to the market for the next generation, if indeed that soon. The example we offer here is even nicer than the Thompson piece. It is utterly original and totally unmolested, displaying bold colors, broad margins, and a lovely overall appearance, with minimal evidence of any real circulation.
With the Thompson example having never been publicly offered, this marks the first opportunity that collectors of small size notes have ever had to obtain the fabled rarity. We are hesitant to even offer an estimate here, and may well be conservative, because once this opportunity has passed, it may be decades before any other specimen of this rarity comes to the market. If rarity and desirability are any guide here, expect this piece to easily break the six-figure barrier, probably ending in the range of...
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