||St. Louis, MO - Union Bank of Missouri $10 Branch Payable 18__ MO-65 G90a SENC. Proof. PCGS Very Choice New 64 Apparent. The fourth and final member of this exclusive quartet of Union Bank of Missouri India paper proofs engraved and printed by the American Bank Note Company. A bold example, printed on India paper only. Like the other three, judging which has greater artistic merits is a matter of opinion; they are all inspired and well conceived. The overall layout is identical to the last, but the central vignette is different. Haxby does have the type described and has assigned a design type prefix (10Ba), but it is not confirmed or illustrated. The title curves across the center, with the right portion over the large oval cartouche depicting Agriculture holding a sheaf of wheat and a scythe (replacing the oval male portrait used on this series, MO-65 G86a & 88a). Shipping products are seen on both sides at the bottom, with vessels in the distance. At the far left is the statue of Freedom that is at the top of the United States Capitol building, also appearing on the first $5 Demand Notes and $5 Legal Tender notes. The vermillion tint encircles the pair of "10" counters at the top, both with adjacent cherub details, and an "X" at each side, the left one shorter and fitting just under the front of the title. This is Hole Punch Cancelled as seen on proofs and noted on the holder. Noted as Apparent due to side "Hinge Remnants on Back" only. We know of only one other proof in private hands from this series. That is the $20 proof sold in the 1981 Vacca sale that eventually was sold in an early Schingoethe auction and has some chips off the bottom edge. This has the look of a full Gem proof, an inspired. Priceless comes to mind, and ownership of this entire quartet of exceptional proofs is a worthy endeavor for the visionary collector. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $9,987.50. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19220. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.