||St. Louis, MO - Bank of St. Louis (2nd) $1 Branch Payable 18__ MO-50 G70a . Proof. PCGS Very Choice New 64 Apparent. This Unregistered Civil War series (it did not have a countersignature on the face when emitted) combines a tremendous layout with inspired vignettes by the American Bank Note Co., Philadelphia imprint, printed on India paper only. This was also a Branch Payable type with an engraved line inserted in the obligation for the issued notes to be given a location for redemption. At the top center is the wide, evocative Indian buffalo-hunting scene, originally engraved by Toppan, Carpenter & Co., positioned above the red protector lathe work outlining FIVE in white. At the lower left is a young girl's portrait, and at the lower right is a dog and safe motif. This is a very rare proof and Hole Punch Cancelled as made, one of three observed. The others are the "A" position in the Vacca sale and the "C" position Haxby plate note. We logically infer that a proof sheet was cut up decades ago from a configuration of $1-$1-$1-$2, traditionally used for these denominations. Issued notes are known for this type from a few of the branches. This is a very choice proof that shows an exceptionally beautiful face and only "Wismer" style "Hinge Remnants on the Back." A beautifully designed and executed Missouri proof, this example being offered for the first time, and apparently the first of its type cataloged for decades. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $5,170.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19214. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.