U.S. Currency Brings Over $4.7 Million in SBG’s August ANA Auction

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Over $4.7 million in United States Currency was sold in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2021 ANA Auction, contributing to over $50 million in prices realized across all product categories.

1880 $500 Silver Certificate
Fr. 345d 1880 $500 Silver Certificate. graded PMG Fine 15. This rarity brought $504,000 at SBG’s August 2021 ANA Auction.

Hosted from Griffin Studios, Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ state-of-the-art auction venue in Costa Mesa, California, this sale set a record as the most valuable ANA sale in the firm’s nearly 90-year history. It was also the firm’s first Showcase Auction of U.S. Currency since their record-setting sale in March of this year, and bidders were waiting with great anticipation.

Uncut Sheet of Macon, Georgia. $5 1902 Red Sea
Uncut Sheet of (4) Macon, Georgia. $5 1902 Red Seal. Fr. 588. The Citizens NB. Charter #8990. PMG Choice About Uncirculated 58. Serial Number 1. This sheet realized $156,000 at SBG’s August 2021 ANA Auction.

The standout highlight of the sale was a Fr. 345d 1880 $500 Silver Certificate graded PMG Fine 15 — the only privately available example of the catalog number — that realized $504,000. It had been off the market since its last public auction sale in 2006.

1890's American Bank Note Company, New York Presentation Frame.
1890’s American Bank Note Company, New York Presentation Frame. Containing bank notes, it sold for $108,000 at SBG’s August 2021 ANA Auction.

Other exceptional rarities from the August sale included a rare uncut sheet of $5 notes from Macon, Georgia that realized nearly twice the high estimate at $156,000, a uniquely styled and exceedingly rare American Bank Note Company presentation frame of Proof U.S. and World banknotes that earned $108,000, and an incredible solid serial number 9 1995 $10 BEP 12-piece set that brought $90,000.

Fr. 2221-E. 1934 $5000 Federal Reserve Note. Richmond. PMG Choice About Uncirculated 58 EPQ.
Fr. 2221-E. 1934 $5000 Federal Reserve Note. Richmond. PMG Choice About Uncirculated 58 EPQ. This note brought $156,000 at SBG’s August 2021 ANA Auction.

These treasures were offered alongside an array of sophisticated collections that included some of the greatest rarities of the Friedberg reference. Part II of the Tarzan Collection offered an impressive selection of rare large and small size type notes. Highlights from this cabinet included a Fr. 187j 1880 $1000 Legal Tender Note graded Very Fine 30 by PMG that sold for $144,000, and a Fr. 2221-E 1934 $5000 Richmond Federal Reserve Note graded AU 58 EPQ by PMG that brought $156,000.

Fr. 2. 1861 $5 Demand Note. PMG Extremely Fine 40
Fr. 2. 1861 $5 Demand Note. PMG Extremely Fine 40. This note realized $18,600 at SBG’s August 2021 ANA Auction.

An exceptional group of high-end Demand Notes, Legal Tender Notes, and Silver Certificates were presented from the Silver Springs Collection, and featured such incredible highlights as a Fr. 2 1861 $5 Demand Note graded PMG Extremely Fine 40 that realized $18,600, a Fr. 119 1901 $10 Legal Tender Note graded PCGS Currency Gem New 66 PPQ that sold for $11,400, and a Fr. 282 1923 $5 Silver Certificate certified PMG Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ that earned $10,800.

Gorgeous Cape May $10 Plain Back
Cape May, New Jersey. $10 1902 Plain Back. Fr. 626. The Merchants NB. Charter #9285. PCGS Banknote Very Fine 25. This note sold for $5,040 at SBG’s August 2021 ANA Auction.

The Cape May Collection offered an unprecedented selection of Colonial and National Bank Notes of New Jersey, fittingly highlighted by a Cape May $10 1902 Plain Back graded PCGS Banknote Very Fine 25 that realized $5,040.

For more information on Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ record-setting August 2021 ANA sale or to consign your numismatic treasures to a future auction, contact the firm at 800-458-4646 or by email at info@StacksBowers.com. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is now accepting consignments to their November Showcase Auction through September 21st, while their monthly Collector’s Choice Online Auctions always offer a convenient venue for the quickest sale at the strongest prices.

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 85-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection.

The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

These old Silver Certificates, Bank Notes and Federal Reserve Notes are powerful reminders of a time when paper bills once represented money and were not in themselves considered to be money as such. Sadly, those days are long gone and if something were to happen to shake our faith in the government the currency we carry now will barely be good enough to use as cheap wallpaper or rough toilet tissue.

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