Smythe’s Memphis Sale Should Be Their Best Ever On July 5, 6 & 7, 2007, R. M. Smythe & Co., Official Auctioneers for the 31st Annual Memphis International Paper Money Show, will conduct an extraordinary auction of paper money, stocks, bonds, and re
Tithing Office on undated Deseret Dramatic Association forms. Further Provo offerings are a $5.40 1886 L. M. & B. Company note, and a rare “Pre-Tithing Scrip” from the Provo Woolen Factory.
Friday evening’s session ends with a Choice selection of Connecticut notes including a rare $1 Deep River Bank Proof, unlisted in Haxby, and a wonderful $20 Saybrook Bank of Essex, with an extraordinary elephant at the bottom. An important Mystic River Bank $1 Proof illustrates ship building, and the $50 example from the same bank may well be the only one available.
Saturday evening’s Session 5 begins with more great examples from the Schingoethe’s Illinois collection. Here, beautiful color Proofs abound, including a $3 Alton Bank, a $10 Wheat Growers Bank from Anna, a $3 Bank of Trenton, an outstanding Shawanese Bank of Elizabethtown, a sharp $3 Pamet Bank from Griggsville, and an impressive $2 Mechanics Bank from Hardin. These are followed by three truly extraordinary Mormon-related notes. The first is a $1 City Treasurer’s note from the City of Nauvoo (with an auction record of over $25,000), a $5 Arsenal of the Nauvoo Legion note signed by Brigham Young, and a $5 Seventies Hall note, also from Nauvoo, signed by Joseph Young. Two Proof sheets of Brunswick and Florida Stage Coach notes should elicit heavy bids from Maryland, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida collectors as well. Over seventy Massachusetts lots will also be offered on Saturday evening. There are two high denomination Proofs from the Andover Bank, a $500, and a $1,000. One of the nicest issued notes in the sale is a $1 1861 Brighton Market Bank in VF-EF, and this is matched by a selection of rare and famous Harvard Bank notes, including the $1, $2 and $5. Massachusetts continues with an exceptional two-sided $1 Warren Bank featuring a vignette of the village square on the back. A cavalcade of great Massachusetts Proofs follows, including a $100 Dedham Bank, a beautiful $20 Fairhaven Bank, a superb $100 Massasoit Bank, a $5 Pemberton Bank with the Landing of Roger Williams, an extremely rare Prescott Bank $500, and a Plymouth Bank $20 featuring the Landing of the Pilgrims. A fine selection of New York notes follows, with a $500 North American Bank note with a whale vignette, and a scarce $1000 Staten Island Bank Proof. The session ends with a fine run of Wisconsin notes, including five different Territory of Wisconsin notes issued by the Wisconsin Legislative Authority.
Immediately following the Schingoethe Collection, Smythe will present Session 6, a choice offering of Federal Paper Money, beginning with over one hundred lots of Fractional Currency. Almost every major type is represented, and rare varieties are also included. A First Issue 50 Cent Fr.1317 with an inverted back is one of only three known. The 50 Cent Fr.1136 with A-2-6-5 surcharge, and 1& a, is the most rare of the green back Spinners. A fully-margined 50 Cent Justice, Fr.1344, represents an important opportunity, with less than 30 known in all grades,