||St. Louis, MO - Union Bank of Missouri $5 Branch Payable 18__ MO-65 's SENC. Proof. PCGS Choice About New 58 Apparent. This is the first of a mesmerizing quartet of Union Bank of Missouri Branch Payable proofs on India paper, and all are printed from beautiful plates by the American Bank Note Company. A stunning central vignette shows two Indians on horseback hunting bears; the mother bear protecting her cubs attacks one of the men, mauling his horse. This intricately detailed image was originally engraved by Toppan, Carpenter & Co. At the lower left is a large male portrait, engraved for the bank. At the lower right is a family with the child on the father's shoulder. The vermillion tint encircles each of the "5" dies in the upper corners and adds a protector V FIVE V across the signature blocks. The proof is Hole Punch Cancelled, as made, with smaller holes through the signatures and more than the usual four or six encountered on most proofs. Noted are "Edge Tears; Hinge Remnants on Back," which are at the side and "Tears," which appears to be just one short tear on the bottom edge near an HPC. This Haxby SENC Branch Payable proof type has probably not yet appeared at public auction. We also know of an issued note of this type sold in Stack's January 2010 Americana Sale, Kansas City Branch in Fine, for $8,050 after energetic telephone bidding. This exceedingly rare proof has bright India paper surfaces, richly tinted contrasting elements and superb vignettes. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $5,875.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19217. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.