||St. Louis, MO - Bank of St. Louis (2nd) $2 Branch Payable 18__ MO-50 G72a. Proof. PCGS Choice New 63 Apparent. This is the second illustrious partner from a handsome set of Unregistered Civil War era proofs engraved by the American Bank Note Co., Philadelphia, and printed on India paper only. Again, this is very stunningly crafted with lovely vignettes. At the top center is the classic and dramatic engraving by Alfred Jones, Horses Frightened by Lightning (adapted from the art by equine painter Alfred de Dreaux). Black and white horses, startled by a visible bolt, run away from the stream as cows stand placidly by in the water. At the lower left is a lovely young girl wearing a necklace; the other three corners show intricate "2" numerical dies. The type is also known issued, but is much rarer than the $1 notes. Like the majority of proofs, this is Hole Punch Cancelled as made. It faces up well enough, but noted are "Hinge Repaired Internal Tears" and old style "Hinge Remnants on the Back." The back hinge repairs are behind the protector region, but some tears are noticed a bit on the face. This is still an important type and one of very few known or ever offered for public sale. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $5,405.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19215. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.