In addition to the amazing large size paper money rarities in the Anderson Collection, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Spring 2019 Baltimore Auction contains a half-dozen fabulously rare small size high-denomination banknotes, five of which were unknown to the collecting community until recently. The five previously unknown notes are all 1934 $500 Light Green Seal Gems and have a provenance to the Stradivarius Collection – the only gem-quality district set of $500 Light Green Seal Federal Reserve Notes known to exist.
Four of these $500 Light Green Seal notes – Boston, New York, Atlanta, and Dallas – are the finest graded and the only Gems extant for their district. The fifth note – a Chicago district $500 LGS in Superb Gem 68 grade – is not only the finest 2201-G Chicago $500 LGS note extant, but is also the finest known 1934 $500 LGS for any of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts.
Another small size rarity to be sold at the Baltimore Expo Auction is a Fr. 2408 1928 $1,000 Gold Certificate graded Gem 65PPQ by PCGS Currency. These Fr. 2408 $1,000 Gold Certificates are scarce in any grade and exceedingly rare in Gem. Auction records attest that no Gem 1928 $1,000 Gold Certificate has ever before been sold at public auction.
Lot 9423 is a Fr. 2201-A $500 Boston Light Green Seal graded Gem 65PPQ. It is the sole finest graded at either grading service and is the only Boston Light Green Seal Gem known for the 1928 or 1934 series $500s.
Lot 9424 is a Fr. 2201-B $500 New York Light Green Seal graded Gem 65EPQ. It is the sole finest graded at either grading service. While New York district Gems are sometimes considered common, Gem small size $500 Federal Reserve Notes are extremely rare. This is the only Gem New York $500 extant in any seal color for the 1928 and 1934 series $500s.
Lot 9425 is a Fr. 2201-F $500 Atlanta Light Green Seal graded Gem 65PPQ. It is the sole finest graded at either grading service, and is the only Atlanta Light Green Seal Gem known for either the 1928 or 1934 series $500s.
Lot 9426 is an exceedingly rare Fr. 2201-G $500 Chicago Light Green Seal graded Superb Gem 68PPQ. It is the sole finest 1934 $500 Light Green Seal ever graded by either grading service for any of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts.
Lot 9427, also with a provenance to the Stradivarius Collection, is a Fr. 2201-K $500 Dallas Light Green Seal graded Gem 65PPQ. It is the sole finest graded at either currency grading service and is the only Dallas LGS Gem known for either 1928 or 1934 series $500s.
Lot 9447 is a 1928 $1,000 Gold Certificate graded Gem 65PPQ. This incredible rarity has survived in a spectacular state of original preservation, appearing just as it did when it was printed over 80 years ago by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
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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 80-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 Norweb Collection; The Cardinal Collection; and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins; The Kroisos Collection; The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection; The Wa She Wong Collection; The Guia Collection; The Thos. H. Law Collection; and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.
Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection.
The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, 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 and Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.