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Lot 20184

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Type Currency
Title Lot 20184
Country United States
Description [Unknown Location] � Humbug Glory Bank 6 Cents in Mint Drops or Glory at Cost 1837 Rulau HT-N18. PCGS Very Fine 35 Apparent. The Hard Times Satirical notes are worthy of their own book, and many of the iconic types have imagery that often seems relevant, no matter what the political era. This title is one of the most popular, and this is one of the highest-grade examples we have seen. Printed on thick paper with broad top and bottom margins. This 1837 political parody note was supposedly issued by Humbug Glory Bank. At top center is a harnessed donkey with the title "Roman Firmness" Flanking are a "6 CENTS" counter with "Better Currency" (without the t's crossed) to the left and leaves with a caterpillar titled "Hickory Leaf" to the right. It shows six Jackson "cents" on the left and "6" blocks with Jackson's accessories and a scroll titled "veto" (of the bank rechartering) at the right. A variety of satirical text appears at top and bottom and in the corners. The Library of Congress website (loc/gov/pictures) explains the "signatures" at the bottom as follows: "Cunning Reuben [Whitney, anti-Bank adviser to Jackson and Van Buren] Cash'r" and "Honest Amos [Kendall, Postmaster General and influential advisor to Van Buren] Pres't." The website also says the note was copyrighted by Anthony Fleetwood in 1837 and published at 89 Nassau St., New York (seen at the right end). A very boldly printed example on this type of paper. Exceptional details compared to others printed on flimsy paper type. Broad margins, virtually untrimmed, and exhibiting both complete imprints. One of the finer examples we have seen. Noted with a "Small Edge Tear at Top Right; Minor Stains." An important opportunity to obtain this popular satirical note in superior condition. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. From Newman X (Heritage Auctions, November 2018), lot 20184, realized $1560.

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