||Atchison, KS - Bank of the State of Kansas $1 18__ KS-15 G2a Whitfield-55. Proof. PCGS Choice About New 58 Apparent. A very rare bank and extremely rare India paper proof. Kansas Obsolete note proofs, as a class, are rarely encountered. For example, the 1990 American Banknote Company Archive sale contained a sole four-subject proof sheet which realized a resounding $34,100 due to intense phone and floor competition; the sheet is still privately held to the best of our knowledge. It was used as the cover artwork for that Archive's famous Obsolete currency auction catalog, and it attests to the desirability of this state's Obsolete banknote proofs. An attractive American Banknote Company layout with full green dies across the bottom and vignette-flanking dies at the top. Top center, within an oval, is Landseer's dog and safe motif; at the upper left are two standing women in fancy dress; at lower right, a pensive woman with a spilling basket represents a more realistic American style of the allegorical Plenty. Apparent, not perfect, but facing up very nicely. Noted are "Repaired Edge and Internal Tears; Mounting Remnants on Back." Hole Punch Cancelled as made. Only one other proof is known to us, the Whitfield plate note (also, B position, penned "5164" in "upper right field") and a worn issued note formerly from the Schingoethe Collection and later sold in The 52 Collection: Part II sale. Excellent style, location, and rarity combine to make this an important note. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1,292.50. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19061. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.