||Mansfield, LA - Treasurer of De Soto Parish, State of Louisiana $20 January 15, 1863. PCGS Very Fine 30. This is also a very difficult Parish issuer to obtain and the present note is a strong grade example. Among the forty-eight note issuing Parishes, this is among the ten most difficult overall. The $20 denomination is particularly rare; we encountered a few offerings of $1 and $5 notes, but had to search back to the 1991 Smythe Sale #100 catalog for a $20 note (lot 1428 at $577.50). A very handsomely made note printed on blue wove paper by local Shreveport News print. The red protector TWENTY across the bottom center is finely complemented by seated Agriculture above with curving title across the top. Different end panels show a wharf vignette at the left and TWENTY within an ornate cartouche at the right. This gorgeous example is very bright and beautifully margined. Our auction records for the few De Soto Parish $5 notes from this series are as high as $2,820 in the 2013 CSNS Sale. This rarer denomination note is certainly more desirable. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $2,585.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19074. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.