||Vermilionville, LA - Parish of Lafayette $5 June 24, 1862. PCGS Very Fine 25. It seems so appropriate that we begin and end this diverse selection of Louisiana Obsolete cataloging with a pair of Parish notes that are difficult to locate. The Parish of Lafayette $5 offered here is a high grade example and is vibrant and widely margined. These were likely printed locally, and are on thick white paper without imprint. Vermilionville is the old-style name for present-day Lafayette. The elements are all within a pattern border and a small sailboat vignette is at the top center; a bold face "5" counter is at left, and shaded counter "V" at the right. Detailed obligations are across the center with additional text within the perpendicular cartouches at the lower sides. For pedigree purposes we note a small glue smudge on the blank back, which does not show to the face. This is a choice example, very bold, and vastly superior to a raw example with visible toning we sold in September 2008 for $1,840. This Parish type was cited as "Extremely Rare" by the 1991 Smythe Sale #100 catalogers and their example, with some chips missing off the wide edges, realized $687.50. For a well-defined set, a fitting representative of this Parish issuer. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $998.75. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19098. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.