||St. Peter, MN - Nicollet County Bank $2 18__ MN-165 G4a Hewitt B760-D2. Proof. PCGS Gem New 66PPQ. A stellar full color proof from this extraordinary set, offered to the Obsolete collecting community for the first time, engraved and printed by the American Bank Note Company. This is a gorgeous PCGS Gem New 66PPQ India paper proof mounted on original cardstock, the Hewitt plate note, and it boasts a rarely seen and wonderfully American Finding the Red Ear central vignette. Like the other denominations, a full light orange tint crosses the note, with a deeper red, wide die across the bottom center outlining a white outlined protector TWO DOLLARS. At the center is the Red Ear vignette with three couples playing this frontier romantic game which resulted in a kiss for the winner (here holding his "red ear" of corn aloft), but being rebuffed by his chosen lady. At the left is an intricately engraved, tall "2" with an intertwined female vignette. At the right is an Indian overlooking a bluff. This is Hole Punch Cancelled, cited on the encapsulation and only visible through the India paper. An inspiring color proof, the most artistically driven of the quartet and a Gem bordering on Superb. This clearly has the look of a five-figure potential realization, especially when comparing it to many full color proof results surveyed from the past year and from more available Northeastern states. This is from the much rarer Minnesota note family and commands a status we consider elite. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $7,050.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19188. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.