2007 was a banner year for auctions hosted by R.M. Smythe & Co. with record prices achieved In 2007 R.M. Smythe hosted six major auctions and set record prices for historical autographs, currency, coins, stocks bonds and antiques
1911 was a mere 100 pieces struck. This coin is a picture perfect example of the Matte proof type. Pale yellow, deeply struck and nearly flawless.
Sale #270 - Lot#1683 - Presale Estimate $15,000 and Up - Final Bid $21,000
New York Ch.E923. Brooklyn. First NB. $10. Fr.624. 1902 PB. No.D765506/1 A. Choice-Gem Uncirculated. An incredibly rare serial number 1 red seal Brooklyn that has not appeared publically since the Kriegsberg sale in 1965. Totally original and in nearly perfect condition except for some minor handling. The highlight of our National offerings which promises to generate very aggressive bidding.
Sale #270 - Lot#3501 - Presale Estimate $25,000 and Up - Final Bid $30,000
$1000. A. T-1. Cr.1. No.129. PF-1. A crisp, bright, and remarkably vivid example that until now has never appeared in any public sale. Its existence was unknown to Criswell, Ball, Shull, or Fricke! VF or Better, with seven light to moderate vertical folds. Neatly hammer cancelled, with no pieces missing. Very boldly executed signatures of Clitherall and Elmore. On the back are two lightly pencilled notations, stamp hinges behind the cancellation, and an inconsequential water stain. None of these are distracting, and they have no impact on the choice appearance of the note when viewed from the front. Great eye appeal, with brilliant green color, razor sharp black images and text, and ample and even margins on all four sides. Strictly original , with no repairs or ``conservation'' often encountered on Type 1 Confederate notes. This is a note that would fit nicely into almost any museum quality collection of CSA paper money. VF, CC. Ironically, the very first Confederate paper money was engraved and printed by the National Bank Note Company, in New York City. Shortly after the notes were ordered and delivered, hostilities broke out at Fort Sumter, and Federal Marshals moved in to the National Bank Note Company's offices and confiscated the printing plates. Of the 607 $1,000 Montgomery notes issued, 116 are known, 9 in Uncirculated condition, and two of those are cancelled. Perhaps a third of the survivors are virtually unobtainable, locked away in public and private institutions. The $1,000 notes were signed by Alexander B. Clitherall as Register and Edward Elmore as Treasurer. The fiery Mr. Elmore was not a man to be trifled with. Mr. Daniels, the publisher of a Richmond newspaper, wrote an article claiming that Elmore was a heavy gambler who was embezzling large sums from the Treasury. Elmore immediately challenged Daniels to a duel and shot him! This extraordinary Criswell Type-1 has never been offered publicly or recorded in any census, and it was probably collected decades before Confederate paper money rareties were considered to be particularly valuable. This may account for the fact that other than having been carefully dismounted from the two stamp hinges that held it to an album page, the note has never been tampered with in any way. Worthy of a premium bid.
Sale #271- Lot#35 - Presale Estimate $5,500 and Up