||Hartford, CT - Hartford Bank $4 18__ CT-165 G172. Proof. PCGS Choice About New 58. This is arguably the most fascinating black and white proof from Hartford and the State of Connecticut. Founded in 1792, the Hartford Bank was one of America's oldest banks that emitted notes from multiple series and imprints. This $4 proof is not only an odd denomination infrequently seen from Connecticut, but features a custom historical vignette (top center) that was prepared for another bank. The Attack on Sullivan's Island was originally engraved for the Bank of Charleston $50 note by Draper, Toppan, Longacre & Co. during the late 1830s. At the upper left is standing Liberty and at the upper right, standing Justice with the bank's founding date engraved at the bottom. This Hartford Bank $4 type, interestingly without an imprint, is the only other recorded usage of the Sullivan's Island vignette and one of two examples known to us. The other proof, plated in Haxby, is in a strongly held collection, and was originally part of the Western Reserve Historical Society collection sold in 1996 by Christie's. The naval battle scene itself is fiercely rendered, with British ships bombarding the fort with multiple cannon volleys; heroic Sergeant Jasper is shown restoring the standard. Faint handling only and Hole Punch Cancelled as noted. Clearly this is a prize Nutmeg State Obsolete proof, and a note that appeals to collectors with many levels of interest. The first time publicly offered, this note presents a tremendous opportunity for the collectors of the finest paper money. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $3,760.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19018. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.