||Winona, MN - Winona County Bank $2 Nov. 1, 1858 MN-205 G6a Hewitt B940-D2b. PCGS Very Fine 30 Apparent. This is the only issued Winona County Bank $2 note recorded and is the Hewitt plate note. There are also five recorded proofs, including one in the Newman collection not offered in this sale. Those proofs should not overshadow this wonderful signed and dated note. Printed by the American Bank Note Company, using a hybrid set of vignettes from predecessor firms before the 1858 ABN creation. At the top center is the Danforth, Bald & Co. (DB) created allegory of Indian and American maternal family groups that flank a portrait of Chief Red Jacket. At the lower left is the Baldwin, Adams & Co. portrait of a young boy used on several notes and also seen on the Confederate States Type 32 notes adapted from the Mechanics Savings Bank plates modified for CSA use. At the lower right is an Indian huntress adapted from 1840s style Danforth imprints. Fully signed by officers and signed at the left by the Auditor. The blue serial No. 3749 was used, as styled on the proofs presented to the bank for approval. The note is solid and well margined. Very Fine 30 is an exceptional condition for such an issued rarity. Perhaps a bit lightly and uniformly toned. The PCGS noted "Pinholes" are seen only with scrutiny, and this superb note is fresh and natural. This is an important note and miracle of survival. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4,230.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19194. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.