Bowers and Merena Auctions to Offer Exceptional U.S. Banknotes in Baltimore


IRVINE, Calif. Bowers and Merena Auctions, America’s leading rare coin and currency auction house, is preparing another phenomenal sale as the Official Auctioneer of the March 2010 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo.

Fr. 1700 1933 $10 Silver Certificate
This Fr. 1700 1933 $10 Silver Certificate note is one of many U.S. currency highlights in the upcoming Bowers and Merena March 2010 Baltimore Auction. (Click Image to Enlarge)

A particularly diverse and important selection of United States currency is on hand for the auction–so many notes, in fact, that the firm will be preparing a separate, stand-alone catalog comprised only of United States paper money. The notes will be auctioned March 2-6, 2010, as part of the Bowers and Merena Official Baltimore Auction offering rare United States and International coins, currency and banknotes. Ponterio & Associates, division of Bowers and Merena, will present the world and ancients auction of coins and currency.


"Our March 2010 Baltimore Auction promises to be an especially memorable event as far as paper money collectors are concerned," opined Steve Deeds, president of Bowers and Merena. "We are assembling a complete catalog dedicated to United States currency, a definite highlight of which is a profound condition rarity Fr. 1700 1933 $10 Silver Certificate. A breathtakingly beautiful example, this note has been certified Gem Uncirculated 65EPQ by PMG."


Matt Quinn, directory of currency auctions, added, "Another small size Silver Certificate highlight in this sale is a Fr. 1608 1953A $5 note in PCGS Superb Gem New 67PPQ with a captivating serial number F00000001C. And not to be outdone in our March 2010 Baltimore Auction are the large size Silver Certificates, which include an extremely rare Fr. 282* 1923 $5 Silver Certificate Star Note that PMG has certified as Superb Gem Uncirculated 67EPQ."

Additional U.S. Currency highlights from the upcoming Bowers and Merena March 2010 Baltimore Auction include:

  • Fr. 116, 1901 $10 Legal Tender Note, Gem Uncirculated 66EPQ (PMG)
  • Fr. 268, 1896 $5 Silver Certificate, Gem Uncirculated 66EPQ (PMG)
  • Fr. 282, 1923 $5 Silver Certificate, Superb Gem Uncirculated 67EPQ (PMG)
  • Fr. 953b, 1914 $20 Federal Reserve Note, Red Seal, Gem Uncirculated 66EPQ (PMG)
  • Fr. 1915-B, 1988A $1 Federal Reserve Note, Serial Number B12345678L, Superb Gem New 68PPQ (PCGS)
  • T. 22, 1861 $10 Confederate Note, Net About Uncirculated 55 (PMG)

All lots and images in the Bowers and Merena Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo can be viewed online at, and printed catalogs are available upon request by calling 800.458.4646. Bidding will open in mid-February and pre-auction bids are welcome at; by e-mail at; by phone at 800.458.4646; by fax at 949.253.4091; and by postal mail addressed to Bowers and Merena, Baltimore March 2010, 18061 Fitch, Irvine, CA, 92614.

Interested bidders are also encouraged to view lots in Baltimore March 2-6, 2010, and bid in-person at the live auction, or live online through the Bowers and Merena website. A complete auction and lot viewing schedule is available at or by calling 800.458.4646.

About Bowers and Merena Auctions

Bowers and Merena Auctions was founded in 1983 and has grown to become the world’s preeminent numismatic auctioneer with more than half a billion dollars in rare coin and currency sales. They were awarded the prestigious honor of Official Auctioneer for the 2009 American Numismatic Association Conventions in Portland and Los Angeles, in addition to their continued service as Official Auctioneer of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expos three times every year.

Bowers and Merena has handled four of the five most valuable United States coin collections ever sold, including the Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. Collection, the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection, the Garrett Collection for The Johns Hopkins University, and the Norweb Collection. In 2008, Bowers and Merena Auctions acquired Ponterio & Associates, Inc., which now serves as Bowers and Merena’s auction division for world and ancient coins and currency. Bowers and Merena Rare Coin Galleries offers direct buying and selling of exceptional quality gold and silver rare coins.

For more information about Bowers and Merena’s Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo in March, call 800.458.4646. For media inquiries, ask for president Steve Deeds. Complete prices realized for all past auctions are available at

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