||Winona, MN - Winona County Bank $3 Nov. 1, 1858 MN-205 G8a Hewitt B940-3b. Proof. PCGS Gem New 66PPQ. The final impressive Minnesota proof offered in this sale and another gorgeous American Bank Note Company engraved type printed on India paper, mounted on its original cardstock. This is a Gem and the Hewitt plate note, and only Hole Punch Cancelled, as manufactured, is noted. An engraved blue serial "87625" (as on the $1 proof) is at the upper left. The vignettes are from the Bald, Cousland & Co. (BC) catalog, including Morning (artist Christian Schussele, engraved by William G. Armstrong) at the left with our statuesque, bare-chested allegorical female stepping off the edge of the farm and into the ether above the river view below. It is surprisingly suggestive for the prim Victorian era. The title is straight across with the frequently used BC seated pairing of Agriculture and Industry. There are five proofs on the census, but this a Gem, likely the finest known. This is the final Minnesota type in an unprecedented trove of proofs and issued types. An equal or superior event might not be repeated for a generation, or until a Minnesota specialist auctions his elite cabinet. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $3,055.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19195. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.