||Austin, MN - State Bank of Minnesota $5 (1st) October 5, 1858 MN-10 G6 Hewitt B040-5a. Proof. PCGS Superb Gem 67PPQ. A second denomination from this rare first bank series from Austin, and also a Superb Gem India paper proof mounted on its original cardstock by the American Bank Note Company. This is the "A" position of two $5 notes that were engraved on the plate. At the top is a seated milkmaid with some of her cows, her pail in hand. At the lower left is Henry Clay and at the lower right a facing portrait of a young girl with ringlets. The Hewitt plate note, and Hole Punch Cancelled as made. The Hewitt population reported three proofs known in 2006, including the two $5 proof positions seen when the Newman collection was surveyed in June 2004. This is another stunner, nearly perfect with deepest black inking and excellent printing clarity. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4,465.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19140. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.