||St. Joseph, MO - Western Bank of Missouri $10 Branch Payable 18 __ MO-70 G44a SENC. Proof. PCGS Choice About New 58 Apparent. The final bank in this amazing subsection of Missouri proofs. Another gorgeous plate was engraved by the American Bank Note Company, printed on India paper only with a vermillion color tint plate. These Western Bank of Missouri notes are the first we have ever cataloged or offered for sale, and they are worthy of great admiration and interest. At the top is a wide, highly detailed vignette showing varied methods of transportation, perhaps indicating St. Joseph as an ideal location for trade. At the front, men with horses wait at the dock, perhaps for goods from the men in the canal boat behind. A locomotive pulls a train along a bridge between the canal and the river, on which a steamboat sails. At the lower left is a girl with her hair in ringlets, and at the lower right, a woman is tossing grain to chickens. The vermillion tint plate has the full title across center in color, encircled upper corner counters, and at the bottom center, there is a protector "X." All are arranged in a pleasing manner. Hole Punch Cancelled as made and noted on the encapsulation. There is faint handling only, and noted are "Hinge Remnants on Back" as seen on many old-guard ABN imprint proof rarities. The note type is known as issued, but usually very low grade like the example in the 1981 Vacca sale. An exhaustive search for an example of this proof through hundreds of catalogs from the past forty years is likely to be fruitless. The color and vignette contrast is beautiful on this rare proof, and it looks like a Gem. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $7,050.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19221. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.