Exceptional Notes Headline Heritage Tampa FUN Currency Auction


Heritage Auctions, the official auctioneer of the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Show, will present a substantial number of rare and exceptional notes as part of its Signature® Currency Auction, Jan. 6-10, in Tampa FL.

$20 1882 Gold Certificate
Fr. 1175 $20 1882 Gold Certificate PMG Choice Fine 15. This piece has been known to collectors for some time, but only as the illustration note in the Krause-Lemke reference. That changed last year when this specimen appeared at public auction for the first time. Though one other surviving example is recorded in the census, it has yet to make an auction appearance. This brightly colored note still possesses all the eye appeal of a full VF. Estimate: $400,000 - $500,000.

A total of 5970 lots will be offered in four floor sessions that will take place Jan. 6-8, and two online-only sessions that will take place Jan. 9-10 in Dallas.

The Auction is anchored by:

  • The Menlo Park Collection,
  • The Dr. Larry Miller Collection,
  • The Dee Panda Collection,
  • The R.J. Bradley Collection,
  • The Nicholas J. Buyer Collection and
  • The Everglades Collection of Florida National Bank Notes.

The auction will also include a Serial Number One Fr. 1175 $20 1882 Gold Certificate PMG Choice Fine 15 that carries an estimate of $400,000 to $500,000. This spectacular Gold Certificate is one of only two known, with the other example listed in the census, but yet to make an auction appearance.

A spectacular Chicago district note with a pedigree to the Amon Carter, Jr. Collection, a Fr. 1132G $500 1918 Federal Reserve Note with a grade of PCGS Choice About New 58, will also be offered. The gorgeous $500 has an estimate of $40,000 and up.

$500 1918 Federal Reserve Note
Fr. 1132G $500 1918 Federal Reserve Note PCGS Choice About New 58. A great note in all respects, and the highest grade $500 Federal Reserve Note to be offered to the collecting community in several years. This piece has a distinguished pedigree, having been obtained by our consignor from the Amon Carter, Jr. holdings in May of 1984. For many years, in fact, this example served as the Friedberg plate note. Nicely centered, bright, and flawless for the grade, a wonderful note now available after more than a quarter century in one collection. Estimate: $40,000 - up.

Also included in the auction is a Low Serial Number Low Serial Number Fr. 1922-K* $1 1995 Federal Reserve Note Original Pack of 100 with serial numbers 1 through 100 that is Superb Gem Crisp Uncirculated. The pack is estimated to realize $50,000 to $75,000.

$1 1995 Federal Reserve Notes
Low Serial Number Fr. 1922-K* $1 1995 Federal Reserve Notes. Original Pack of 100 Serial Number 1 - 100. Superb Gem Crisp Uncirculated. We are excited to have the opportunity to offer an item that is quite rare, seldom ever seen within the currency collecting community. This first replacement pack is wonderfully margined and near perfect, containing the serial number one through one hundred stars for this mid-1990's Dallas issue. Any estimate for this number 1 star pack is simply a guess. Estimate: $50,000 - $75,000.

One, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern, on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, features The Nicholas J. Bruyer and Dee Panda Collections. Mr. Bruyer assembled one of the most extensive collections of U.S. Postal Notes and it was his articles and research over the last few decades that advanced the collecting community’s knowledge of these notes. The collection includes many notes that are unique for the location and a unique Washington Territorial Note.

Montesano, Washington Territory- Postal Note Type II $1.50
Montesano, Washington Territory- Postal Note Type II $1.50 July 31, 1886. With all the information currently known about Postal Notes, this note is unique for the Territory. Additionally, no other Type II notes have been reported. An evenly circulated Very Fine, rare Territorial example payable forty miles away at Olympia that has been signed at the payee line, but was not hole punched at the cancellation star. From the Nicholas J. Bruyer Collection Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500.

A complete Confederate Currency type set will be offered as part of the Dee Panda Collection, including the elusive T1 through T4 Montgomery issues. Also included in Session One is Colonial Currency, Fractional Currency, Encased Postage, Obsolete Bank Notes, Military Payment Certificates, and World Paper Money.

The second session begins at 12 noon Eastern, on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, with samplings of high grade Small Size type notes from a number of collections, including the Menlo Park Collection. Also featured in this Session are bank note errors, highlighted by three different Double Denominations, including a rare Richmond $10/$5 1928A Double Denomination.

Richmond $10-$5 1928A Double Denomination
Fr. 2001-E $10/$5 1928A Federal Reserve Note. PCGS Choice New 63. This piece was first offered in our Taylor Family Collection auction. In that offering, it easily sailed past its estimate. The note is fully margined with a deep pine green overprint, and is one of the finer examples of this scarce double denomination error. It will remain popular with error and type collectors alike. Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000.

Large Size type notes and Federal Proofs follow in session three, starting at 6 p.m., Jan. 7, 2011. The R.J. Bradley Collection andMenlo Park Collections anchor this session, with many of the high grade, popular type notes being offered from the Menlo Park holdings. Among the collection’s holdings is a Fr. 127 $20 1869 Legal Tender in PCGS Gem New 65PPQ, one of only two Gems to be offered in the last two years.

$20 1869 Legal Tender PCGS Gem New 65PPQ
Fr. 127 $20 1869 Legal Tender PCGS Gem New 65PPQ. A drop-dead beautiful note which combines huge margins with spectacular color and fresh original paper surfaces. Although not really a rare number, perfectly centered and brightly colored examples such as this are truly hard to obtain, which is why Track & Price reports only one Gem Fr. 127 has been sold during the past two years.From the Menlo Park Collection Estimate: $35,000 - up.

National Bank Notes featured in Session Four begins at 6 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. Perhaps the largest offering of Florida Nationals at auction will be highlighted by the Everglades Collection of Florida National Bank Notes, including a scarce Orlando 1902 Large Size Plain Back. Extensive Iowa holdings will be offered as part of the Dr. Larry Miller Collection. Highlights from the Hawkeye state include a $50 1882 Brown Back from Davenport, and an elusive 1929 Small Size $20 from the elusive town of Lost Nation.

The 2700+ Non-Floor Session lots will also be available for viewing at FUN Tampa. Session Five will close on Heritage Live on Sunday, January 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT and Session Six will close on Monday, January 10, beginning at 10:00 a.m. CT.

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