The Long Beach Expo U.S. Currency Signature Auction, held by Heritage Auctions September 13-15, realized a total hammer price of $7,313,357 USD. Together wih the U.S. Coins event, Heritage achieved a total of $15,545,589 at the Expo.
The biggest highlight of the sale was a Fr. 2231-A $10000 1934 Federal Reserve Note. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ, which garnered a record $480,000.
“Large-denomination notes always have drawn the interest of collectors,” said Dustin Johnston, Vice President of Currency at Heritage Auctions. “The $10000 bill trails only the $100000 gold certificate issued in 1934, and of the 18 examples graded by PMG, this example is tied for the highest-graded. Among all small-size $10000 Federal Reserve bills, PMG has graded only four equal and five higher.”
A Fr. 2221-G $5,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note. PCGS Banknote Choice Unc 64 serial number G00000998A that had been off of the market since September 2007 garnered a record-for-the-grade $300,000.
Tied for finest of all Large Size $1,000 bills, a Fr. 1133-D $1,000 1918 Federal Reserve Note PMG Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ from the Thomas Collup Collection hammered at $228,000.
Featuring a vignette of Columbus in His Study and a portrait of New York Governor DeWitt Clinton, a Fr. 187j $1,000 1880 Legal Tender PMG Very Fine 30 Net achieved $192,000.
Another tied-for-finest item–a Fr. 302 $10 1908 Silver Certificate PMG Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ, also part of The Thomas Collup Collection and featuring a Blue Seal Tombstone–was bought for $78,000. It, too, had been off the market for almost 20 years, having last sold at the 2008 Heritage Long Beach auction.
One of just two known Fr. 167b $100 1863 Legal Tender Notes, graded PCGS Banknote Choice Fine 15 Details, realized $72,000. The design features the heraldic Spread Eagle vignette engraved by Joseph P. Ourdan — hence the “Spread Eagle” nickname. Only two examples are known for this Friedberg number and less than 60 have been reported across all varieties of the type.
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