||Mobile, AL - Branch of the State of Alabama at Mobile $100 18__ AL-5 G176 SENC Rosene 4-13. Proof. PCGS Choice About New 55. A second desirable high denomination proof printed for this rare and beautiful series from the Mobile branch of the State Bank. Engraved by Rawdon, Wright & Hatch, but no data was available to Haxby for the design type. Top left of center, vignettes of Plenty and Mercury used on the $50 proof are combined; Mercury gazes at Plenty as she points to the Louisiana Purchase lands on the early United States map (depicted on the shield). At the left end is a "100" counter on a wide swath of lathe work. A dark-complected male portrait appears at the far right. Major researchers, including Roger H. Durand, have been unable to identify the subject. (Interesting Notes about Portraits does not cite it.) One other proof known, from the Jones collection, is impaired with stains and other defects. This is a choice example, with a deeply impressed inking mounted on original cardstock as noted by PCGS. Magnificent, and like so many Obsolete notes from the Newman collection, worthy of more exhaustive research to unfurl its fascinating history. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $5,640.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19007. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.