||St. Paul, MN - Bank of St. Paul $10 November 1, 1858 MN-155 G8 Hewitt B720-D10a. Proof. PCGS Choice About New 58. The highest denomination from this American Bank Note Company imprint plate crafted for the bank, this is one of very few Minnesota $10 notes authorized or actually issued. This Hewitt plate note is printed on India paper only and has the Hole Punch Cancelled note on the encapsulation. The sole issued $10 note is another trophy from the state, unique and originally from the Karp group. There are two proofs listed in the census, and this is the first time one has ever been offered at public auction. A superb layout again, with the Gothic title centered across. At the far left is a large half-length girl's portrait, finely dressed and with well-styled hair, seeming to gaze right at us from late 1858. At the lower right is a vignette of frontiersmen on horseback hunting buffalo on the range (as used on the $5 Marine Bank of St. Paul and Ramsey County Bank $5). Tremendously handsome and a marvelous note. The very light handling has little correlation with the great value of this exciting proof rarity. This is spectacular. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $6,168.75. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19186. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.