||St. Joseph, MO - Western Bank of Missouri $1 July 1, 1861 MO-70 G48a SENC. Proof. PCGS Choice About New 58 Apparent. The tenth and final opportunity to obtain an amazing Missouri color proof engraved and printed by the American Bank Note Company. This is printed on India paper only and also has an excellent layout. The note has an intricate frame all around and has a compartment at the left third, in the style of Lymen's Patent notes, with an Agriculture vignette, expanded to show additional details: her feet and the hat leaning against her (the same vignette, with those details cropped out was used in the oval on the second Union Bank of Missouri $10 proof). In the right two-thirds, the vignette shows workers cutting grain with machines, under the curved title. The vermillion color tint plate features dual "1" dies flanking the head in the left compartment and a micro-lettered denomination guilloche along the bottom right two thirds with flanking "1" protectors. As usual, this has been Hole Punch Cancelled as noted and as done at the ABN. Only handling is seen and the Apparent grade is due to "Small Edge Tears; Hinge Remnants on Back." This has the overall eye appeal of Superb quality and is a great rarity. Some issued and filled in branch notes are known, but as a color proof this is exceedingly rare. This memorable group of Missouri rarities has been part of the Eric P. Newman collection for decades and represents another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the most discerning collector. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $7,637.50. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19222. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.